PRIVATE BUSINESS MEDIATION
DEFINITION: A form of alternative dispute resolution in which the involved parties bring their dispute to a neutral third party, who helps them agree on a settlement; mediation is generally nonbinding, unless the parties agree to a resulting settlement.
MEDIATION: Small to large businesses may benefit from using mediation instead of the full litigation route to resolve conflicts. Business owners are just as likely to run into conflict with other businesses, employees, vendors or with their own business partners and can use business mediation to come to a resolution.
Businesses often find conflict overwhelming for small businesses to come up with the time, money, and expertise to cope with a relatively minor dispute through legal means. The cost of legal time is overwhelming at best.
Mediation is a very efficient and effective way to resolve disputes and build community among business people, customers, staff and neighbors.
RESULTS: The vast majority of meditations result in a settlement. If your mediation is successful, you'll leave with a signed agreement, or, at the very least, a signed memorandum setting out what you and the other party have agreed to. You have the choice of making the agreement enforceable in court or not - many people want to be able to ask a judge to enforce the settlement in the future if the other party doesn't live up to the agreement. If you don't reach a resolution in mediation, you haven't lost anything. If nothing less, you've probably learned a lot about how the other person or organization sees the problem. You still have the option of taking legal action if that's what you feel you need to do.
The Mediator covers all of Loa Angeles & Orange Counties, as well as San Bernardino County. The mediation can be done in the offices of Lodge & Co. in Burbank, CA.