Many clients come to Stout Law with a general knowledge base related to mediation. And, many litigators are familiar with the litigation process in Michigan that mandates mediation at some stage in many lawsuits. However, most clients and a large percentage of litigators have not recognized the benefit of engaging in the process of mediation prior to a lawsuit being filed.
At Stout Law, our main goal is to minimize the pain as much as possible when it comes to our client’s disputes with other parties. That is one key reason that we highly recommend engaging us for our pre-litigation dispute resolution service, which can be more fully reviewed below.
Another arrow in our resolution quiver is the use of pre-litigation mediation. Understandably, many prospective clients might ask, “Why don’t I simply engage a mediator myself without paying an attorney for their assistance in the process?” We would liken such a strategy to pursuing litigation on your own.
This strategy has been summed up by some in stating that the person who represents themselves has a fool for a client. Now, we would not go so far because we recognize that some actions can be approached with a DIY strategy; however, we have found those instances to be quite limited and not to be pursued without considerable thought.
We do our best to bring value to our clients in managing the pre-mediation process by understanding the various components that play into that process. For instance, we are careful to encourage the use of particular mediators that best align with our client’s perspectives.
We also understand how important it is to work through the process of reporting and advocating for our clients with those mediators and to set up a process that we have found most effective for achieving favorable results. Examples of our strategies include use of virtual environments and maximizing the use of caucusing to reduce time expenditure, the stress, and contention that are commonly experienced otherwise.
A Tried-And-True Process
Most importantly, Stout Law’s involvement in the mediation process produces positive results for our clients. In fact, within the two weeks prior to the writing of this blog, Stout Law has helped two clients achieve outcomes that they were told, and the came to believe, were not possible.
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