Five Stages to Contract Mediation in Houston TX

While every contract mediation in Houston TX is unique in its own right, the following five stages occur in most sessions of contract mediation in Houston TX: Ground Rules The mediator lays out the ground rules for the mediation process at the beginning of the meeting.  These rules often include showing respect to one another and not interrupting each other.  The mediator also explains his or her role as a neutral facilitator and the confidential nature of the process. Understanding the Conflict The mediator meets with the parties one-on-one or together to try to understand the nature of the conflict and the underlying reasons for why it occurred, such as one party believing the other has not fulfilled the terms... Read More

Avoiding Communication Barriers in Trade Secrets Mediation in Houston TX

Trade secrets mediation in Houston TX are often complex cases that may be emotionally triggered, too.  When a business owner invests in a business, he or she often puts everything into it.  If he or she believes that information is being misappropriated, the result may be extreme.  Trade secrets mediation in Houston TX can help the parties resolve their case in an amicable manner.  However, in order to accomplish this goal, the parties must be able to communicate effectively. Communication barriers disrupt the dialogue between the parties and may even escalate conflict.  When a barrier exists between the parties, a party may feel defensive and may react negatively to what the other party says.  Some examples of communication barriers include:... Read More

Using Active Listening throughout Personal Injury Mediation in Houston TX

A professional mediator utilizes a number of important skills to effectively advocate for settlement by the parties during personal injury mediation in Houston TX.  One of these skills is actively listening.  By engaging in active listening, a mediator can help communicate with the parties better throughout the process of personal injury mediation in Houston TX. Research indicates that many people ignore anywhere between 70 and 90 percent of what someone says to them.  Instead of listening, many people simply formulate a response to what the other person is saying rather than really focusing on what that party is saying.  However, if a mediator follows this general trend, a lot of relevant, important information will be lost.  Mediators know how important... Read More

Issues in Family Law Mediation

Attorneys represent families in a variety of cases including divorce, child custody, child support, visitation and domestic violence cases.  In most of these situations, it is in the best interests of all parties involved to pursue and participate in mediation.  In fact, most Courts require mediation prior to final hearing. Mediation provides a less expensive and less adversarial option than litigation.  When the spouses have children together or must otherwise maintain a cordial relationship, it is important that they align their interests and learn how to deal with each other in a productive manner.  It is important that the parties at the mediation negotiate in a manner that is in the best interest of the children. I require it, and... Read More

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
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