Mediation: Resolving Legal Disputes On Your Terms
Why mediation? Because it works. Contrary to the depiction of the American justice system on television, most legal disputes don’t end in a bloody courtroom battle. The clear majority of cases reach a settlement at some point prior to the final trial. While trials can appear exciting when they are produced by directors for entertainment, the reality is trials can be traumatic experiences. A public showdown in court can irreparably damage relationships and reputations.
Decisions by judges or juries can be made on the limited information they hear in the short time that the case is being presented. The judgments are rarely made with all the information available and every personal consideration weighed. Further, the court system is already overwhelmed by the volume of cases that do not reach a settlement, and waiting for relief by trial can often take time. In many instances, litigation is simply not the best option for a case. With the help of a properly facilitated mediation, you can save time, money and headaches from actual court proceedings.
Do you want the future of what happens to your family made by complete strangers? Shouldn’t you be involved in the ultimate decision that is made regarding your property or your children? Lackey Law Firm, P.C., brings opposing parties together with the goal of coming to a mutually acceptable solution.
The Benefits Of Mediation Vs. Litigation
Mediation can have a number of benefits over traditional courtroom litigation, including:
- Efficiency: Trying to settle a case between the parties and the lawyers, by letters and emails, can be time-consuming. Attorneys’ schedules can be hectic, and some parties tend to avoid dealing with conflict. Mediation is a time that is set aside so that the parties can focus on engaging in a conversation about the issues, and they can participate in the creation of ideas to solve the matter.
- You are in charge: It is your mediation agreement. No one can make it for you, and it can be crafted by the people who have the most interest in the outcome.
- You do not have to agree just to agree: You do not have to reach an agreement unless you agree. There is no decision-maker who will decide for you. It is your mediation.
- You can provide the information you want: You can present all the information you feel is important, without the limitations of the strict rules and procedures set out for trials.
- Confidentiality: Mediation is confidential. There are respected rules that dictate what cannot be repeated in court if mediation fails, so you are free to explore creative solutions that you would otherwise not be able to consider.
- Less stress: Mediation occurs in a more relaxed setting than a trial. Accommodations can be made for safety, privacy dietary needs and conveniences.
- More affordable: Trials can be costly, and mediation can save everyone the financial drain of preparing and prosecuting a trial.
- Preserve relationships: Finally, there is a greater chance of mending or maintaining amicable relationships among parties when a compromise is made.
With all the benefits comes the task of finding the right mediator who can balance all parties’ needs. Alicia Lackey of Lackey Law Firm, P.C., works hard to find the common ground and propose creative solutions to resolve even the most complex or contested case. With over a decade of experience in the family law courts, rest assured that your negotiations will benefit from her familiarity with the system and compromises will be set with utmost professionalism and neutrality. Alicia Lackey is a Certified Family Law Mediator and offers mediation services for all family law cases.
Contact An Attorney To Learn More About Alternatives To Litigation
To learn more about your family law options, call the firm’s main office in Austin or the firm’s Fredericksburg location at 888-705-0307. You may also schedule a consultation by completing the online contact form.
*Main office is located in Austin, Texas. All office locations are staffed by appointment only.