Attorney Astor is an AV-rated lawyer with 33 years of experience in the areas of... more
Attorney Astor is an AV-rated lawyer with 33 years of experience in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, criminal defense and alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration). He serves clients throughout western Massachusetts and has offices in Springfield and Northampton. He has obtained more than 30 six-figure settlements and jury verdicts, and receives many of his... 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.