Litigation? Forget About It: Here’s Why Mediation Can Be a Better Alternative
A growing number of feuding individuals and businesses are now seeking alternatives to litigation due to its numerous downsides involving cost and unfavorable outcomes. Among the various types of alternative dispute resolution, mediation is one of the most effective options available today. Here are some of the compelling reasons why mediation is the best alternative to litigation for resolving your case.
Good Economic Sense
The mediation process is likely to cost just a small fraction of what you might end up spending in traditional litigation to pursue the same outcome. Many times, the cost of litigation can make the dispute itself somewhat futile.
If time is money for you, the prospect of spending months or years fighting your case through full-scale litigation can be daunting and draining. Mediation, on the other hand, may only take a few hours or a few days to produce the same or more desirable results.
More Satisfying Results
When two parties mutually agree upon a solution, rather than being subject to an order of the court, the outcome will be more satisfying. A mediator will guarantee each person gets a chance to discuss their points of contention.
Higher Compliance Rates
Alternative dispute resolution cases settled through mediation are more likely to encourage the parties involved to comply with the terms of the agreement.
This phenomenon occurs because each side voluntarily reached the final arrangement, instead of a higher authority enforcing a judgment.
Customized and All-Encompassing Settlements
A settlement reached through mediation can content with both legal and extralegal issues. A court process cannot address both the procedural and emotional aspects of a disagreement in the same way as mediation. In mediation, both parties have an opportunity to customize the agreement to their unique situation.
Better Control Over the Outcome
When the parties are negotiating their settlement through mediation, they command more significant control over the outcome of their dispute. Mediation is more predictable than adjudication and arbitration.
More Effective Relationship Handling
Disputes often occur in situations where the parties involved are likely to continue to maintain a relationship in the future. Mediation provides a platform to preserve ongoing working relationships. Even in a situation where the association requires termination, mediation allows for an amicable dissolution.
Pragmatic and Workable Decisions
When parties have an opportunity to mediate their differences, it becomes easier to address all the finer details of how to implement decisions practically. An environment of open and direct communication allows all sides to discuss tailored approaches and procedures regarding how the settlement will proceed.
A Mutually Agreeable Arrangement
The mediation process facilitates mutual interest-based negotiation rather than presenting a scenario where one party wins and the other loses the exchange. As a result, it is easier for all sides to live with the decisions reached through mediation, and the settlement is likely to hold up over time. Even if a dispute arises at a later stage, the chances of collaborative problem-solving are high because the parties will recognize the benefits of following a constructive approach.
Consult a Mediation Attorney to Guide You Through Mediation
If you want to resolve a dispute quickly, economically, and reasonably, then you need to consider mediation over litigation. An experienced and professional mediation attorney can guide you through the mediation process and help you arrive at a settlement that is favorable to both parties. Anna Shapiro, Esq., and her team of expert attorneys at Shapiro Mediation are available to answer your questions and determine the best path forward for your unique situation. Call us today at (339) 298-7733 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Massachusetts or South Florida office.