“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser - in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.”                         - Abraham Lincoln

Mediation is becoming increasingly popular as a mechanism to resolve disputes. Mediation may be defined as a form of assisted negotiation. Others simply view it as a structured method of helping two or more parties resolve their differences outside of court. Regardless of the definition, the benefits of mediation are easy to see:

Control  - During the mediation process, the parties, instead of a judge or jury, have complete control over the decisions. It is the mediator’s job to assist you in reaching an agreement, not to impose a decision on you against your will. In addition, you will not loose any of your legal rights by participating. Should you be unable to reach an agreement, you may still take your matter to court without fear that your communications during mediation can be used against you.

Satisfaction - Even after their day in court, parties to a dispute are often left unsatisfied with the results, the process, and the emotional turmoil. However, mediation has been proven to increase participant satisfaction, self-esteem, and the likelihood of compliance among parties who choose mediation over litigation.

Collaboration - The mediator will assist you and the other parties in working together to determine possible solutions for your problems. In mediation, you and the other party may agree to non-traditional arrangements that would not be possible in the court room setting. Many participants find that these solutions offer a better outcome than could be accomplished in court. Civil litigants who wish to maintain their relationships and former spouses that share the best interest of their children generally site this as the ultimate benefit of mediation.

Confidential - Mediation is confidential.  Discussions held during the process and all materials developed for mediation are not admissible in later proceedings that occur in court. Your mediator will more fully explain confidentiality during the session.

Regardless of the type of dispute you are facing, we encourage you to consider mediation as a possible avenue to resolve your differences. Please use the sidebar for additional resource you may enjoy or click here for Frequently Asked Questions.


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Summerville, SC  29483


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