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Noah Stein Mediation

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Q: Is a mediation ever mandatory? 

A: In general, mediation is a voluntary process.  However, sometimes (and it is becoming more common), a contract such as a rental agreement may require that parties attempt to mediate prior to pursuing other methods of dispute resolution.

Q: Are attorneys always involved in the mediation process?

A: It depends on the circumstances.  Attorneys commonly participate in mediation.  In some cases it is recommended or even vital, and in others it may not be necessary.

Q: Does being the first party to suggest mediation make you look like they are in the ‘weaker’ position?  

A: A desire to seek mediation has little if any relationship to the strength of one’s ‘position’.  Because the payoff of successful mediation is shared by all parties, it’s really to anyone’s benefit to call first.

Please feel free to send me your questions.