Certified Circuit Civil Mediator in Florida
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What is mediation?
Simply put, mediation is a method of solving disputes that is alternative (and in many ways superior) to litigation. It is an informal, confidential process in which a neutral third party (the mediator) works with all parties to the dispute to enable them come to a resolution without the involvement of courts.
How much does mediation cost?
The cost of mediation is generally to the mediator's fee which is an hourly rate born equally by the parties. So if there are three different parties to the dispute, your responsibility would be about one third of the mediator's fee. In some mediations, particularly family mediations one of the parties may be required by the Court, by agreement or by law to bear the full cost of the mediation. In those cases the mediation may be free to the other parties!
How long does it take?
Most mediations are usually accomplished in a few hours. Compared to litigation which may take years, the savings to the parties in time and money (not to mention aggravation) is often considerable.
Do I have to file a lawsuit to start a mediation?
Not at all! In fact if possible, we encourage parties to try mediation before filing suit. On the other hand, where the litigation process has begun, most courts consider mediation a valuable ally facilitating a quick resolution and lightening their already overcrowded dockets. Many judges will actually require the parties to mediate before scheduling cases for trial.
My name is Nate Schwartz. My day job is an attorney who practices in the area of commercial litigation.
- I have been a member of the Florida and DC Bars since 1986. In the course of my practice I participated in hundreds of mediation as an advocate.
- In 2012 I became certified as a circuit civil mediator to see what things are like from the mediator’s point of view. From the moment the great Perry Itkin trained me to mediate, I realized that it was my “true calling”.
Nathan A. Schwartz, P.A.
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