Mediation is a process that allows disagreeing parties to resolve legal disputes without court intervention and trial fees and costs. Parties sit in separate rooms and a third party attorney shuttles between the rooms assisting you in reaching a settlement.
In Snohomish County, Washington mediation Is a mandatory requirement prior to trial. If mediation is not completed the court generally does not allow trial proceedings to move forward. Please contact us to discuss the rules in other counties.
In addition to mediation being a court-mandated requirement in most counties, there are other substantial benefits that cannot be discounted:
Mediation allows you to control your destiny. Unlike a trial where the trial decision is in the Judge‘s hands, mediation allows you to make your own decisions and craft a settlement plan without being dictated to.
Lower cost than Trial. The cost of a trial can be substantial, both from a financial perspective and an emotional perspective. No one enjoys airing their lives out to the public in open court. Mediation solves this problem by making our case completely confidential. Also, the cost of mediation is far less than the costs of a trial.
In order for mediation to be successful, you should come prepared for it. Approximately seven (7) days before the mediation date, you will submit materials and a letter to our office explaining your position.