Even though you've decided to take your case to mediation rather than to court infront of a judge, you should still behave with respect and consideration. You should speak clearly when presenting your views but listen carefully to the other side. Give the other individual speaking the respect you'd want them to pay to you while you were voicing your concerns and opinions.
Mediation is about calmly discussing each other's point of view on a situation and coming together to make a fair and honest settlement that will satisfy both parties. Remember that there are two side;s to every story and be open enough to listen and process what the other individual is saying. You may not have thought about how the dispute has affected the other person, but mediation is about trying to understand how the incident has impacted both parties and by doing so, you can easily reach a suitable resolution.
When it comes to making settlement suggestions, be courteous when the other side offers their suggestion and be open minded. If all goes well with your mediation and you come to an agreement, you will be more satisfied with this path rather than going in front of a judge. That procedure is often time-consuming and expensive. You also have no say on your verdict because it is the judge who makes the decision, not you.
If you have any other questions, or wish to set up an appointment with our mediation lawyers, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (714) 665-6600 so that we may set you up with a free 1-hour in office consultation and we will be happy to assist you with your legal issue.