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General Mediation Services

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In mediation, parties involved in a dispute seek to resolve a conflict with the help of a neutral third party who facilitates negotiation. Mediation is a private and confidential process that can take the place of traditional litigation if the parties involved so choose. Any agreements made during mediation are non-binding, but our firm can help parties make them legally binding if they choose.

Ultimately, the parties involved in the disagreement must decide if an agreement has been met. The mediator is there to assist with effective communication and to help ensure that the negotiation process goes smoothly.

When parties have a disagreement, but are reluctant to take the fight to court, mediation may be an option. Mediators are objective third parties who listen to all sides of a dispute and assist the other parties to reach a satisfactory solution on their own. Mediation can be used to avoid litigation, but it may also be used in conjunction with litigation to reach the best agreement for both parties. We believe that it is a faster and less costly way to reach alternative agreements.

We have litigated matters for 40 years plus and know the stresses that it does cost the parties in many ways. We have started this new process to help people have other avenues for resolution of disputes.

At Ilkhanoff & Silverstein, our compassionate York dispute resolution team is ready to assist you with your dispute. Our Lancaster team has more than 40 years of combined experience in a variety of legal areas to draw upon in resolving your disagreements. We are committed to helping our clients resolve their disputes in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein by calling (717) 563-0681 today.

What Can Mediation Be Used For?

Mediation can be used in a wide variety of areas. Mediation is a private session that protects the privacy of both parties, even when litigation is involved.

Mediation can be used to settle many types of disputes, such as:

How Does Mediation Work?

Mediation is a process that ensures that all parties’ concerns are heard and taken into account. The process begins with a private meeting between the mediator, both parties, and any legal counsel the parties may retain. Many disputes can be resolved in one day, but multiple shorter sessions may be used to ease tensions.

  • At the first meeting, or when the session begins, the mediator will explain the process of mediation and introduce ground rules for the discussion.
  • Following this explanation, each party or their legal counsel will explain their position and understanding of the legal and factual issues of the case.
  • During this time, the mediator will clarify their own understanding with questions, and learn about prior negotiations.
  • After the entire dispute has been laid out from both sides, the parties can and may separate into private meetings with the mediator, called caucuses.

In these meetings, anything said to the mediator cannot be repeated outside of the caucus, except with express permission of the party. The confidentiality of these meetings will allow the counsel or client to express anything they felt uncomfortable stating in the presence of the other party. The party and mediator may discuss the risks, the party’s interests, settlement flexibility, and strengths and weaknesses of the case. Towards the end of these discussions, the mediator will begin to convey settlement offers between the parties until an agreement is reached.

Once a consensus has been reached, the parties will be brought back together for closure. In this stage, the mediator will help the parties to memorialize the essential terms of the agreement, which then will be signed by both parties. Legally, the entire process is confidential. The most a mediator can disclose is whether the case was settled or was not.

Find Mediation Assistance from York and Lancaster Dispute Resolution Lawyers

At Ilkhanoff & Silverstein, we offer caring mediation services for all disputes. We understand the difficult and stressful process that can come with many settlements, and we are committed to helping clients find peaceful, satisfying resolutions. Our Lancaster team is well experienced in a number of legal areas, and we will use this understanding to guide our clients through the mediation process.

Don’t wait to resolve your dispute. Contact our York dispute resolution team at Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.

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