I was wondering if Attorneys prep their clients for mediation? And explain the process and what to expect. Thanks!
It depends on what caliber attorney and law firm you are currently working with. There are some that will make sure you are fully prepped and know exactly what to expect, mentally and emotionally; however, there are some that may not communicate this as well.
The process can vary depending on the situation that you are involved in and how far along discussions have proceeded up to this point. If there have been some agreements already made about some of the larger issues, mediation may only focus on some of the minor points.
Mediation is usually an alternative to the pricey trial process; it allows both parties to be able to prioritize their wants and needs and have a third party present who can manage and compromise through the negotiations. Again, the process may vary depending on the firm and the situation; however, most of the time, mediation is preferable to facing a Commissioner or Judge in a courtroom.
If you already have an attorney or a law firm that you have retained, perhaps you should give them a call or shoot them an email for clarification as to what this mediation may hold in store for you.