Whether your legal dispute involves a personal injury case, wrongful death case, insurance claim, family law, divorce, child custody, or child support case, you should strongy consider mediation to attempt to resolve your legal dispute through settlement. If you have an attorney representing you, mediation will probably be discussed during the pendency of your case. You should take a lead role in assisting your attorney during the process of selecting a qualified and experienced mediator in order to optizime your chance of successfully resolving your legal dispute.
Definition of Mediation
Mediation is an effective alternative dispute resolution method by which parties to a legal dispute agree to hire a neutral third party to serve as the mediator. The mediator's role is to learn the facts of the case and arguments of all parties, to promote communication between the parties, and to facilitate the parties with respect to formulating a potential settlement of the legal dispute. The mediator remains neutral and should not provide legal advice to the parties as an attorney would do.
With respect to almost every civil lawsuit filed in State Courts in Texas, Judges will order the attorneys and the parties to mediation prior to trial. However, mediation is non-binding, meaning that you may choose to settle your case during mediation, or alternatively, you may choose not to settle your case at mediation and proceed with your case in Court. No one can force you to settle your case during mediation. Read more . . .