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Preparing for Mediation

Mediation is a great tool for reaching a solution to your issue without resorting to litigation. As most people know, litigation can be very expensive and time-consuming, and the prospect of rolling the dice when it costs so much to play can be a great motivation to resolve your issues through mediation. However, mediation does […]

How a Mediator Can Help Your Litigation Claim Avoid Further Costs

By the time you have decided to submit a claim to the Florida Court system, you will have been paying out pocket.  Throughout the process, there are attorney’s fees, document submission fees and more.  You have to ask yourself if the claim is worth pursuing.  Once you get through the four basic stages of litigation: […]

Mediation will try to Solve a Five Year Old Lawsuit Against Office Depot in California

Office Depot is once again the subject of a lawsuit claiming the company overcharged some government agencies as another lawsuit has been filed against them in California. It is a case that is not only looking like it will cost Office Depot some money, but has severely tarnished their hard earned reputation that made them […]

Why Mediation Makes Sense for All Parties Involved

“Can we all just get along?” – Lyrics by Guy Sebastian It is inevitable that conflicts will arise amongst people. We are all different and with differences come disputes. If everyone thought,  looked and acted the same we would be living in the world of Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle of Time. The reality is we live […]

GPS Tracking Devices

Just a few weeks ago Philadelphia’s Third Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a ruling in United States v. Katzin that will effect the practices of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies across the country. The Court decided that law enforcement agents need probable cause and a warrant before attaching a global positioning system […]

Keys to Mediation: What a party should focus on

Keys to Mediation: What a party should focus on

When you are participating in mediation, you are inevitably thinking about one of two things: What am I getting or What am I giving. Every once in a while, you might be thinking about both. As a mediator and as an attorney involved in tons of mediations, I have watched parties come into the mediation expecting the world, expecting to give up next to nothing, and occasionally expecting to meet somewhere in the middle. The latter expectation is the best, but I think it is rarer than the other two by far.

Mediation: Strategies for a Successful Settlement

By: Eric L. Hostetler, Esq. Mediation, in most cases, is a required step in the litigation process. Understanding the mediation process is one thing, but being prepared is the goal to a successful resolution for your client. This article will address some strategies for a successful mediation. 1. Know your case This may sound elementary, […]

Mediation: Lights, Camera…Action?

By: Eric L. Hostetler, Esq. Mediation has proven to be a very beneficial procedural tool in my career so far in resolving cases and conflicts. The basis of its effectiveness revolves around three factors: 1) Plaintiff’s counsel; 2) Defense counsel; and 3) the Mediator. Notice that I did not list as one of the factors […]

Can Information from Mediation be brought up during a case?

As previously discussed, Mediation is an avenue of possible resolution in a civil case, regardless of the amount in controversy. But what happens if you go to mediation and it doesn’t settle? Can the other side use anything you said in mediation against you in a later proceeding or a trial? Thankfully, the answer is […]

What Happens in Mediation?

As discussed in my previous blog, mediation is a process where both parties come together in front of a neutral third person, either a private mediator or a Supreme Court approved court mediator, and try to resolve their case and reach a fair result. But what exactly happens in mediation? Whether you are participating in […]

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