December 17, 2017

What Is Mediation And Is It Available In Arizona?

Mediation is a form of conflict resolution that allows parties to a dispute to resolve their issue without going to Court.  The mediator uses conflict resolution skills to help party reach agreements.  The agreements can then be made binding on the parties by committing them to writing.  Mediation is popular in Arizona and around the world.

Many lawsuits and other conflicts could be averted if the parties just sat down with a trained professional and worked through the issues.  Conflicts are often based on misunderstandings that can be cleared up through mediation.  In other situations, the parties to a conflict can come up with creative solutions that they would never have considered in litigation.

The following is a list of some of the benefits of mediation:

1.     It is confidential. While anyone can peruse a case file or ruling in most litigated cases, mediation is confidential.

2.     It is less time consuming. Mediation can resolve a conflict in days or even hours.  Litigation can take years to resolve.  Even after the Court rules, a party can appeal.

3.     It is less expensive. Because mediation can be completed so quickly, and without hearings, trials, evidence gathering, etc., it costs a fraction of the price of litigation.

4.     It provides certainty. There is not an attorney in the world who can guarantee a good outcome at trial.  With mediation, the parties remove the risk of a negative ruling by reaching their own agreements.

5. It works. The American Arbitration Association has estimated that mediation works at resolving conflicts 88 percent of the time.

Alona M. Gottfried is a mediator and attorney in Arizona.  If you have questions about mediation, she can be reached at: 480-998-1500 or  This is a general interest article only and is not intended to be legal advice.  See a legal professional before making legal decisions.

Simmons & Gottfried, PLLC
8160 E. Butherus Dr., Suite #7
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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