In mediation, a neutral third party — the mediator — facilitates the negotiations and tries to help settle the case. The mediator can’t give either party legal advice or advocate for either side. With the consent of both parties, mediators often bring financial specialists to mediation sessions. When an agreement is reached, the mediator prepares a draft of the settlement agreement for review and revision by the parties and his or her lawyers.
In collaborative law, both parties and their lawyers have settlement as their top priority. The lawyers, who have training similar to mediators, work with their clients and each other to make sure the process is positive and productive. When an agreement is reached, the lawyers draft a settlement document, which is reviewed and revised by the parties until everyone is satisfied.
Both collaborative law and mediation rely on the free exchange of information and a commitment to resolutions that respect the parties’ shared goals.
If mediation doesn’t result in a settlement, you may proceed to litigation. In collaborative law, however, the lawyers and parties sign an agreement attesting to everyone’s interest in resolving the case. The agreement states that the attorneys will not participate in litigation if the collaborative process ends without an agreement.
Lauren B. Abramson, Esq. is ready to help you manage the mediation process. Our office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call us at 914-908-5877 or contact us online today to schedule a consultation. We serve individuals and families throughout Westchester and Putnam counties, including White Plains, NY; Harrison, NY; New Rochelle; Bedford; Armonk; Bronxville; Larchmont; Mamaroneck; Somers; Croton-on-Hudson; Carmel; Peekskill; and Rye, NY.