In addition to our traditional attorney services, a growing portion of our practice involves resolving disputes through mediation, a form of alternative dispute resolution.
All of the lawyers at Next Phase Legal are trained mediators. Additionally, we have started to form a panel of affiliated mediators with experience in different practice areas. Please note that members of our mediation panel, although they may be attorneys, are not affiliated with Next Phase Legal LLC as lawyers. Sorry for the interruption to get that little disclaimer out there to keep our insurance companies happy.
When serving as a mediator, we are neutral facilitators working with clients to solve problems through information sharing, guided conversations, and other supportive techniques. The goal is to resolve issues cooperatively, so each participant in the mediation process benefits from workable and lasting solutions that meets the participants’ practical, social, and emotional concerns as much as possible.
Unlike the adversarial court and litigation process, mediation is a more thoughtful alternative that allows the participants to take charge of their own conflicts and solutions, while still working with an experienced professional. That these result are achieved in a private setting, and almost always at a lower cost are additional benefits.
Although it is improper for a neutral mediator to provide specific legal advice to a participant, mediators may provide general information about a topic so participants can make well-informed decisions, and facilitate the exchange of information between the parties. Mediators help the parties review alternatives that may have been overlooked, and to identify shared interests and goals.
Mediation is not therapy, and the goal of mediation when employed in the divorce context is not to get a couple back together, or to save the marriage. Mediation can be used to help improve a marriage, but that is known as Mediation to Stay Married or Marital Mediation.
Divorce Mediators …and more
Almost any type of conflict can be resolved through mediation. Much of our mediation work relates to Massachusetts divorce and related family law issues including:
- Modifying existing divorce and separation agreements
- Parenting and custody
- Child Support
- Alimony adjustments
- Contributions to College and Children’s Expenses
- Relocation and Long-distance parenting
- Elder & Adult Family Issues
Outside the realm of family law, our mediators can assist in a wide range of matters, including:
- Neighbor Problems (noise, boundaries, pets, etc.)
- Real Estate
- Business (including partners, family-owned businesses)
- Non-compete Agreements
- Employment cases
- Will and Probate Disputes
- Fiduciary Responsibility
- Software Licensing
- Insurance Claims
- Consumer Claims
Other misconceptions are that mediation is for situations where people have already resolved most issues, and that it is as effective for complex disputes. This is not true, and the flexibility of the mediation process allows for more creative problem-solving than what a court may be able to accomplish. Furthermore, mediation is successfully used in a variety of complex disputes, whether a high-asset divorce or complicated commercial dispute.
For additional information about resolving your dispute through mediation at Next Phase Legal LLC, please call (508) 359-4043.
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