Mediation saves you time and money—and keeps your dispute confidential.
Often, there is an opportunity to resolve a dispute between individuals, or a company and a customer or supplier, without going to court or before a tribunal. Mediation is just one type of alternative dispute resolution (also called alternate dispute resolution).
A mediator must have special training. Kumar the Paralegal holds an advanced certificate in dispute resolution from York University, and is a member of ADRIO. Thus, he is qualified to mediate contentious disagreements between parties. Mediation can,not only end the dispute more quickly than going to court, but usually it is much less costly to both parties, regardless of which side might prevail in court.
Mediators like Kumar the Paralegal facilitate the dispute resolution process (and may even suggest a resolution, typically known as a “mediator’s proposal”), but do not impose a resolution on the parties.
Many different types of disputes can be mediated:
- Landlord and tenant disputes
- Pay disputes
- Workplace disputes
- Neighbor disputes over fences, pets and property rights
- And other disputes
Exploring mediation before a trial is always a good idea. While it may not always resolve a dispute, it will still help you in two ways: First, mediation will give you a good idea of where the bottlenecks are in your dispute; these are the areas that are most contentious and therefore the most difficult to get agreement on. Second, trial judges usually appreciate the effort you have made in at least trying to resolve your dispute through mediation.
If you are unsuccessful in resolving your dispute through mediation, you can still proceed to trial through the normal court process.
Benefits of mediation
Get resolution faster: Cases can get tied up in the court system for months, or even years. With mediation, you can resolve your dispute in a matter of hours, if both sides are willing to negotiate.
Save money: Because your case takes less time, does not go before a judge, and does not use lawyers, you save money.
Confidentiality: Because Canada has an open court system, if your matter goes to trial anyone can attend. If you have a particularly sensitive matter to resolve, mediation will guarantee the confidentiality of your problem.
Control: If your matter goes to trial, control resides with the judge. The judge may make a decision that is not in your favour, or that you don’t like. With mediation, you have a greater chance of coming to a resolution both sides can both live with. Both parties control the outcome and make an informed decision before settling.
Support: Mediators are trained to work in emotionally-charged situations. And because of their training in conflict resolution strategies, they are also able to suggest solutions that you may not have thought of yourself.
Call Kumar at 647-342-4731 (office) or 647-409-5442 (mobile) to see whether your dispute is suitable for mediation.