Sharon B. Gardner handles complex probate, estate and trust matters. She has represented creditors, beneficiaries, fiduciaries, heirs and family members in guardianship and other... more
Sharon B. Gardner handles complex probate, estate and trust matters. She has represented creditors, beneficiaries, fiduciaries, heirs and family members in guardianship and other protective proceedings. She has served as a mediator in estate proceedings and as ad litem in trust and guardianship cases. She also teaches as an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law the subjects of esta... 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.