Desert Cities Mediation

Lisa Garvin Copeland

Frequently Asked Questions

1.         What is Mediation? 


Mediation is a confidential and voluntary opportunity for parties to resolve a dispute through the assistance of a professional mediator.  The mediator listens to both sides, frequently serving as a buffer and sounding board to assists the parties and their attorneys to identify goals and explore proposals for settlement.   Mediation may be used either before or after a lawsuit has been filed.  


2.         How Do I Prepare for Mediation?


            If you are represented by an attorney, (s)he will be prepared to describe the legal issues and status of the case and may be asked to file a confidential brief for the mediator.  Parties prepare by understanding the risk and non-monetary costs involved in any litigation in terms of stress, loss of control, damage to their relationships and other factors that may be unique to your case.   


3.         Mediation vs. Going to Trial  - Any Experienced Attorney Will Confirm - There is No Such Thing as A Perfect Lawsuit!


Benefits of Mediation:

    • Mediation is Voluntary
    • It Provides Closure
    • Terms are Agreed Upon – Not Forced
    • Mediation Provides An Opportunity to Gain Unique Relief
    • Preserve Relationships

Trial is:

    • Stressful
    • Uncertain in Result
    • Costly
    • Time Consuming
    • Uncontrollable
    • Did we mention?  Stressful

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