conflict resolution and mediation services

 Benefits of Mediation

What Are The Benefits of Mediation?

  • Mediation usually saves you considerable money compared to going to court
  • You participate directly in the resolution of your dispute. It is not a deal made on your behalf between lawyers or a decision rendered by a judge.
  • Mediation is usually much faster for resolving conflict than court action
  • Because mediation is not adversarial it means you have an opportunity to preserve your relationship with the other party. For example: a customer, contractor, supplier, business partner or associate, parent, ex-spouse, colleague or employer.
  • You can keep the situation private and confidential. In contrast, almost all court proceedings are public affairs and a public record of the proceedings is kept.
  • You can become quite creative in crafting a resolution to your dispute. A variety of resolutions can be agreed between the parties that would not normally be suggested within a court of law. For example, one party may swap goods or services or provide some other non-monetary benefit to the other party. This is useful if one party does not have the financial resources to provide monetary compensation as a form of settlement.
  • The mediation is conducted in a private, informal, safe and comfortable professional environment that is not intimidating like a court room. This means you can be yourself and retain your confidence while speaking about the issues that are important to you.
  • The time is your own. The mediation does not end until the parties are ready to end it.
  • You can terminate the process at any time.
  • A mediator tries to ensure that the participants reach agreement freely, voluntarily, without undue influence, and on the basis of informed consent.

Typical conflicts and disputes ideally suited for mediation:

  • Divorce agreements (including division of assets, child custody arrangements, etc.)
  • Business deals or transactions
  • Work performed by contractors or suppliers
  • Unpaid or disputed bills
  • Workplace disputes and conflict (involving employees, peers, colleagues, contractors or supervisors)
  • Real estate transactions
  • Neighbourhood disputes
  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Homeowner and condo associations
  • Family disputes
  • Disputes over wills and the settlement of estates