Mediation can be especially effective in small claims cases. Both parties must agree to participate and both must be willing to negotiate in good faith. Boca Raton, FL small claims disputes can be resolved quickly and efficiently when parties are willing to mediate
The role of the mediator in small claims disputes is to act as an independent intermediary with the goal of guiding disputing parties toward a mutually beneficial outcome. Mediators have no power to levy judgments or make rulings, but they can help each side understand the benefits of keeping the dispute out of the courtroom.
Many small claims cases in Boca Raton, FL tend to have a heightened emotional element. Cases like this are often successfully settled in mediation, but they tend to be a bit more challenging for the mediator. Parties have the right to consult with an attorney, though this is rarely the case in small claims mediations. In some cases, parties might be kept in separate rooms and have the mediator go between them and negotiate the terms of a settlement. This prevents difficult emotions from getting in the way of successfully sorting out the dispute. It also ensures that both parties will feel listened to and as if they have had an opportunity to share their version of the dispute in a respectful environment. Gradually, the distance between the two sides narrow and a resolution is reached.
Like other forms of mediation, small claims mediation comes with no obligation to accept a settlement. The process tends to be successful more often than not, but there are still instances in which an agreement cannot be reached. Should this occur, the information discussed during the mediation remains private and parties move on to an alternative method for resolving their dispute (usually arbitration or litigation).
Mediators never help parties by enforcing the terms of any settlement agreement. If one of the parties fails to do what they have agreed to do under the terms of the settlement agreement, the other party is responsible for getting the court involved. The mediator’s sole role is to help those involved in small claims disputes in Boca Raton, FL resolve their existing issue and design a resolution that suits their specific needs.
One of the most important factors in small claims mediation is working with a skilled and experienced mediator. If you are dealing with a small claims legal issue, Nathan Schwartz can help.
Nathan is an experienced small claims dispute mediator who offers unique solutions for issues that tend to arise. His goal is to help you resolve issues related to debt through the amicable and cooperative process of mediation. Nathan has been a member of the Florida and DC Bars since 1986 and has participated in hundreds of mediation as an advocate. He knows how beneficial it can be to resolve small claims disputes outside of the courtroom and he understands how much mediation has helped Floridians over the years.
For more information or to discuss the possibility of mediating a debt collection dispute in Boca Raton, FL, contact Nathan at 855-973-4835.
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