Mary-Margaret Bierbaum has been in Private Practice since 1990 and established her... more
Mary-Margaret Bierbaum has been in Private Practice since 1990 and established her own firm in February 1992. Prior to that, she worked with the Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and San Benito District Attorneys' Offices as an Assistant DA, 1983-1990. Ms. Bierbaum has personally handled over 50 Jury Trials, numerous Court trials (to a Judge) as well as various and sundry Preliminary Hearings (Felonie... view profile
Hamid Naraghi is the president of Divorce Helpline as well as partner in the family... more
Hamid Naraghi is the president of Divorce Helpline as well as partner in the family law litigation firm of Naraghi & Woodcock with offices in Northern and Southern California. Over the past 15 years, Hamid has gained extensive experience in family law litigation, mediation & collaborative divorce as well as arbitration. His combined background as a litigating attorney, mediator, arbitrator, lic... view profile
Practicing trial attorney since 1973, office in Soquel since 1977. Practice areas... more
Practicing trial attorney since 1973, office in Soquel since 1977. Practice areas include family law, landlord/tenant disputes, personal injury, property disputes, neighborhood disputes, partnership and small business matters,general civil litigation, and personal legal counseling. Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA (1965-69) Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA (1970-72) ... view profile
The mediation process can help you resolve disputes without going to court. In a mediation proceeding, a neutral third party (a mediation lawyer or mediator) meets with you and the person you disagree with. Mediators are trained to find mediation solutions in legal disputes, including divorce mediation and business disagreement mediation. The mediator acts as a facilitator, helping you negotiate until a solution is found. Mediation is the most informal process for dispute resolution and is usually the least expensive method. The drawback is that, unlike an arbitrator in arbitration, the mediator does not make a final decision. So, unless the parties agree and enter into a settlement agreement, the mediation can end without the dispute being solved.
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