Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process in which a neutral mediator helps the parties to identify and discuss issues of mutual concern, explore various solutions, and develop a settlement that is mutually acceptable to the parties. This process can occur with the parties alone, or with the parties and their lawyers present and participating. When counsel does not participate directly in the mediation meetings, it is strongly encouraged that the parties have the assistance of independent counsel throughout the mediation process.
Upon retaining the mediation services of the Law Office of Dawn A. MacGregor, P.C., the parties will acknowledge the following conditions:
- Mediation is voluntary, and either party may choose to end the mediation at any time.
- The parties will make all of the decisions relative to a resolution of the contested matter; the mediator cannot impose any decision upon either party.
- If financial issues are involved, each party will fully disclose and document all of his/her financial income, assets, and any proprietary interests, and current and future liabilities to each other and to the mediator during the mediation.
- Either party may seek professional or legal advice at any time during the mediation.
- Each party understands that the mediator is impartial and is not representing either or both of them. The mediator is not an advocate or financial, tax, or other advisor. Each party acknowledges that he/she may have an independent attorney review any Mediation-related document prior to his/her signing.
- Mediation sessions will be treated as confidential.
- Upon reaching a complete settlement, the mediator may prepare an Agreement for the parties’ signatures.