The Mediator’s Role in Family Mediation

The Mediator's Role in Family Mediation

Divorce is ranked second on the list of stressful events in one’s life, the first being death of a spouse. This is an emotional time for the parties. However, the only purpose of most settlement meetings is to resolve the outstanding legal issues in the divorce. Emotions and post-divorce dynamics are rarely factored into them.

Privacy vs Confidentiality: What is the Difference?

Privacy vs Confidentiality

Privacy and confidentiality are words that are used often and interchangeably in the legal and dispute resolution world, yet there are key differences between the terms that are important to understand.  Just what these differences are and how they affect information is a concept that is sometimes overlooked when engaging in a legal dispute.  Many …

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What is a Contingent Contract?

What is a Contingent Contract?

Negotiating the terms of a contract can be difficult, and when the parties are not able to reach an agreement because of something that may happen in the future, they may decide to use a contingent contract to form an agreement.  A contingent contract may sound like an oxymoron, as the finality of contracts is …

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Mediation vs Arbitration: What is the Difference?

Mediation vs Arbitration

Mediation and arbitration are both processes found within the alternative dispute resolution sphere because they offer ways to resolve disputes outside of traditional litigation.  However, the processes are very different and work best in certain situations over others.  Some people will have opinions about which system will work the best which are usually informed by …

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What Happens at Mediation for Auto Accident?

What Happens at Mediation for Auto Accident?

Those who are injured in auto accidents and are facing mediation may question what happens at mediation for auto accidents.  Auto accidents are difficult circumstances, and dealing with insurance companies to try and recover from injuries can add to the difficulty.  Negotiations with insurance companies can often come up short of an agreement because insurance …

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Mediation in a Personal Injury Settlement

Mediation in a Personal Injury Settlement

For someone facing mediation in a personal injury settlement discussion, the process can often feel overwhelming and unnecessary.  They may be wondering if trying mediation is worth it, if the case will settle, and whether they will recover what they had hoped.  Mediation can be a helpful tool when the parties would like to have …

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Marriage Mediator: Why do You Need One?

Marriage Mediator

When couples are facing issues with their marriage and are starting to consider divorce, a marriage mediator may be an answer to saving the marriage that the couple did not know existed.  While most people associate mediation and marriages with divorce mediation, there is a growing practice with mediators stepping in before the parties are …

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Stipulated Judgment vs Settlement Agreement

Stipulated Judgment vs Settlement Agreement

After a long day of negotiations, the parties have finally agreed on a way to resolve the case and settle their dispute, however, there is still one more decision to make—whether to put that agreement in a stipulated judgment or a settlement agreement.  On the surface, the two options look very similar.  Both include the …

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Can Text Messages be Used in Court?

Can Text Messages be Used in Court?

Admission of text messages as evidence in court: The same old thing in electronic form. The proliferation of electronic devices capable of producing documents More documents are created by electronic means than in any other fashion.  Electronic devices are everywhere. Office computers, personal computers, laptops, tablets, phones, personal electronic assistants, video doorbells, and even some …

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Employee Conflict Resolution Template

A Template for Workplace Conflict

Resolving conflict with employees can often be a difficult experience, so much so that many managers wish they had an employee conflict resolution template.  Workplace conflict is a common and unavoidable part of adult life, but living with it for years does not have to be.  Workplaces are starting to recognize the adverse effects that …

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