Q. What is mediation?
A. Mediation is a process by which a neutral third party assists litigants negotiate an acceptable agreement. The mediator does not make any decisions for them.
Q. What is the difference between mediation and arbitration?
A.Both mediation and arbitration involve a neutral third party. In mediation, the neutral third party has no power to make decisions. In arbitration, the neutral third party listens to the facts and then makes a decision on the case.
Q. Why do people choose mediation?
A. Quite often, because of the backlog of cases in the courts, mediation can speed up the process of resolution. And, more importantly, mediation can save the parties money by negotiating without dragging things out in the courts, thus saving the costs of mounting legal fees.
Q. How much does mediation cost?
A. Each case is different. However, most cases involve an hourly or per-session fee. Some cases are referred directly by the Court and, in such cases, some of the fees are greatly reduced. The process of mediation will most likely amount to fees that are substantially less than litigating.
Q. Can paralegals give legal advice?
A. No. Paralegals may NOT give legal advice.
Q. How much are paralegal services?
A. Paralegal services are usually contracted on an hourly basis, although some cases are done for a per-case fee. Each case is different and each case is given careful and personalized attention. The fee is determined by the amount of time, research and paperwork that is required.