People can come to my office with the goal of settling their financial disputes, personal injury claims, probate or family issues in an efficient and affordable manner. If you are concerned about the costs and risks of litigation, you should consider mediation. The mediation process is a constructive and efficient way to reach a positive settlement agreement in your lawsuit or family dispute.
F. Shields McManus is Certified as a Circuit Court and a Family Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court.
WHAT IS MEDIATION
Mediation is a voluntary, non-judgmental negotiation with the assistance of a mediator to facilitate discussion. The goal is to compromise by focusing on the parties needs and interests, rather than their legal positions. Mediation allows people to stay in control of their divorce or lawsuit. They are not dependent on the uncertainty of a judge or jury’s decision or the technicalities of the law. The stress, expense and delay of litigation can be stopped.
One can meet with his or her spouse, relatives, or other opposing party and the mediator and remain involved in every step of the process. In mediation negotiations, the parties have veto power and they have the freedom to explore their options to find a mutually agreeable solution. Mediation does not conclude until both parties reach an impasse or a settlement. Whatever is said at a mediation will remain confidential. No one can speak of it in court.