People often think of legal matters as adversarial in nature, with two parties pitted against each other in a contest that ends with one winner and one loser. That description is fairly accurate for courtroom litigation, and oftentimes the courtroom is the best place to resolve your dispute. But not always. If you are looking for a less formal, more collaborative and creative approach to solving your legal problem, consider mediation. The Hancock Law Firm in Jackson can mediate your dispute and help you reach a satisfactory resolution without the time, cost and emotional stress of litigation.

What is Mediation?

In a mediation, both parties meet with a mediator, who is a neutral third party trained in the process of conflict resolution. The mediator facilitates communication between the parties and helps them to create their own solution to the problem before them. Once agreement is reached, the mediator can draw up the agreement for the parties to sign. The Hancock Law Firm can provide a trained and experienced mediator to help you resolve your family law, estate administration, or business law dispute.

Why Mediate?

Parties in dispute often have an ongoing relationship that cannot afford to be wrecked by hostile litigation tactics that leave the parties embittered toward one another. In family law and business matters in particular, just as important as resolving the dispute is resolving it in a way that protects and preserves the long-term relationship among the parties. Mediation can accomplish that goal.

Mediation is also a faster and less expensive route to resolution than litigation. Mediation is a voluntary process, and if the mediation fails, the parties are still free to go to court and have not lost any significant time or expense in trying mediation. Even an unsuccessful mediation can serve to narrow the issues that need to be litigated or encourage further settlement talks.

Another exciting feature of mediation is that the parties themselves come up with the solution to their problem, rather than having one imposed on them by a judge. When both parties have contributed to the decision making process, they have invested themselves in the solution and are more likely to implement the decision voluntarily, without the need to go back to court for enforcement or modification, as often happens in civil litigation such as child custody disputes or child support matters.

Get Help From Experienced Jackson Mediators

Keys to successful mediation including the desire and willingness of both/all parties to participate in the mediation, and the assistance of a trained, experienced mediator who can help the parties find a resolution. In metro Jackson and surrounding communities, including Madison, Ridgeland and Flora, contact the Hancock Law Firm, PLLC to bring mediation to the resolution of your dispute.

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