Bad Fences Make Bad Neighbors

“They’re just sore losers,” Myrna said. She had called me to ask whether I’d mediate between her and her neighbors, who were complaining about a fence she’d built and various other things. She’d won in arbitration, but the Smiths didn’t like the arbitrator’s decision, so they sued her in state court. The court told them, and their lawyers apparently agreed, that they should try ADR first. Myrna liked what she’d read on my website about my “non-legalistic” approach. I said I’d be happy to help. Myrna said she’d ask her lawyer to suggest me to the Smiths’ lawyer.

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