This week, Attorney Peter Schroeter of Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., recently selected as the President of the Maine Association of Mediators, presented at a Biddeford Saco Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Forum on the following topic description:
How Mediation Can Benefit Your Business
Recently, mediation has altered the trend of how many legal disputes are resolved. Before, many businesses and corporations handled settlement efforts through direct negotiations between trial lawyers. In most cases, this method resulted in extensive, extremely costly, and inefficient efforts. Because litigation grew increasingly expensive and many courts began ordering mediation in effort to relieve the overloaded legal system, the demand for seasoned, top-tier mediators grew exponentially. The role of these mediators would be to help adversarial parties reach mutual understandings, solutions, and agreements.
Currently, mediation is used in a wide range of legal disputes, such as the following:
- Divorce and separation
- Bankruptcy 7, 11, and 13
- Employment matters including sexual harassment, medical leave, whistleblower, and discrimination
- Superior Court lawsuits relating to real estate, personal injury, business, and other areas
Additionally, different types of agreements and contracts now necessitate mediation before a going to court. Some of these contracts include the following:
- Employment policies
- Residential real estate
- Commercial and residential construction
- Business- to- consumer
Over the years, mediation has proven to preserve relationships between parties and uphold privacy. In addition, mediation helps parties save money and time since going to court can become expensive. It is wise for business owners to gain an in-depth understanding about what mediation is and how it can be used correctly. It can be the answer to disputes between businesses and customers, vendors, or employees.
If your business is in need of a proven mediator, contact our attorneys at Shaheen & Gordon, P.A right away. We can find the most efficient solution for you!