Mediation is a method of resolving many legal arguments and disputes that might otherwise end up in a court of law. Although not appropriate in every case, mediation is generally a preferable option for people who are involved in legal disputes for many reasons. However, in order for mediation to be successful, all parties involved must understand their legal rights and must be committed to the process.
At Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, we’re firm believers that mediation is often the right way to resolve a legal dispute. As such, we provide mediation services to individuals in the state of New Hampshire. For more than a century, Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin has been representing clients, working in the New Hampshire court system, and serving as mediation attorneys in New Hampshire. We have knowledge of your legal rights and of mediation techniques that work, and we can put our legal expertise to work for you. Contact us today to learn more about our mediation services and whether they might be a good fit for you.
New Hampshire Mediation Laws
Mediation involves working with a neutral third party to come to a resolution on legal issues that you and your opponents are facing. For instance, mediation may be used in:
- Divorce and parenting cases to determine placement, support, and division of property.
- Partnership or business disputes, especially when the parties don’t want news of a lawsuit or legal battle to go public.
- Disputes related to wills, trusts, and estates
- Breach of contract cases
These are just a few examples of areas where mediation may be used. Essentially, in any situation where two parties disagree on something and are willing to work through their legal issue and come to a compromise, mediation can work.
The important thing to note, however, is that mediation depends on the willingness of the parties to participate and take the process seriously. This is because mediation is usually voluntary, although the court may order it in certain cases, such as when a couple is creating a parenting agreement and can’t agree on their own.
Because people usually have a right to have their legal disputes heard in court (unless this right was waived, such as in arbitration agreements), almost anyone in mediation may have the option to walk away at any time or to refuse to make a concession necessary to come to an agreement. The mediator will not compel anyone to do anything and will not make a decision for the parties – the mediator just facilitates the making of a decision by helping to keep the lines of communication open and flowing.
Provided a compromise can be reached, mediation has many benefits, including the ability to keep information private instead of airing it in court; the option to keep the legal dispute confidential; and the ability to preserve relationships among people in families or businesses who are having a disagreement by avoiding nasty litigation. Mediating a dispute can also cost significantly less than litigating it. To help you achieve these and other benefits of mediation, Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin can offer you mediation services.
To speak to a New Hampshire mediation attorney, contact Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin today at 603-742-2332 or use the form to the right to get in touch with us. We represent clients facing all types of mediation cases throughout the New Hampshire area.