All posts by experiencedh245

Effectively Dealing with Construction Disputes

As a mediator myself, I often advocate for mediation as an effective tool to help resolve construction disputes.  Due to the high number of construction projects throughout the region and the long list of individuals potentially involved in each project, construction disputes are quite common.  Realizing this, many construction companies, contractors, subcontractors and other parties include or request a mediation provision in their contracts.  Others simply suggest it after a problem arises. Mediation is an alternative to dragging a case out for months or years by having to wait on a trial.  Mediation often helps resolve issues that develop in the construction industry regarding performance or payment.  It is much faster and affordable than litigation.  Mediation also takes into consideration... Read More

Achieving Optimum Results in Mediation

Mediation is an opportunity for two or more parties to a legal dispute to address legal issues, enhance communication and work toward a positive resolution of the dispute. To increase your chance of achieving optimum results, consider taking the following steps. Ensure Decision Makers Are at the Table Make sure that you schedule your mediation session in such a way that all of the decision makers can be present at the same time. This provides a number of benefits. For the plaintiff, this allows the actual wronged party to present his or her authentic representation of what led to the legal dispute. This can be quite therapeutic for a plaintiff who may never have the chance to directly address the... Read More

Choosing a Mediator for Personal Injury Mediation in Houston TX

Selecting a proper mediator for personal injury mediation in Houston Texas makes reaching settlement much more likely. Whether you represent the plaintiff or the defendant in a personal injury case, there are qualities you (and opposing counsel) should seek in a mediator. As you prepare for personal injury mediation in Houston Texas, be sure to keep the following characteristics in mind. First, do not fret over whether the mediator has primarily represented plaintiffs or defendants in previous practice. In many cases, it is beneficial to use a mediator with experience on the “other” side of the claim. These mediators are able to offer additional insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the case, and may be able to assist in... Read More

Preparing for Contract Mediation in Houston TX

As with most legal processes, thorough preparation is key to success. Although most attorneys do not feel that mediation requires the same level of preparation as if they were conducting a trial, the reality is that mediation often provides the chance to settle the case on a final basis, so taking preparation seriously is a necessity. Planning well for contract mediation in Houston Texas makes settlement much more likely, as the attorneys are better prepared to help their clients negotiate and make an informed decision about their case. As attorneys approach contract mediation in Houston Texas, they should take certain steps to prepare. The approaching mediation session may be the hundredth for the attorneys, but it is likely the first... Read More

Construction Mediation in Houston TX Save Clients’ Money and Time

Attorneys are well aware that most clients have little idea as to how much litigation can cost—and how frustrated they become when these costs and expenses begin adding up. Unfortunately, many clients think that attorneys want to make as much money as possible, no matter how it may impact the client. However, by explaining the benefits of construction mediation in Houston Texas, attorneys will alter these clients’ perception of attorneys while saving them time and money in their cases. In fact, attorneys should explain the benefits of construction mediation in Houston Texas early in their cases. Whether attorneys represent plaintiffs or defendants in construction claims, their clients will save thousands of dollars in legal fees and court costs if they... Read More