I grew up in McKees Rocks, PA and came to Florida in 1966 to attend the University of Miami. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BBA in Accounting in 1970, I attended the... more
I grew up in McKees Rocks, PA and came to Florida in 1966 to attend the University of Miami. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BBA in Accounting in 1970, I attended the University of Florida Law School, receiving my JD in 1973. I began private practice in Fort Walton Beach, Florida in January 1974 and have continuously practiced in Okaloosa County and the First Judicial Circuit of Florid... 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.