Using a mediator who understands the core issues can make all the difference in maximizing a mediation effort between disputing parties. A skilled mediator can also help facilitate a mutually beneficial settlement between the parties. At Willis Business Law, our managing partner, Dina Mejalli-Willis, proudly offers mediation services to suit your unique needs.
Known for her efficiency, fairness, and diligence, Dina makes her best efforts to help parties reach a satisfactory agreement at the conclusion of mediation. However, despite best efforts, parties may not always be able to mutually agree on settlement terms within the scheduled mediation time frame. However, this may not always be the end of the road. Parties may still be able to mediate their issues when they take advantage of Dina’s post-mediation follow-up service.
Dina encourages parties to resolve disputes outside of the courtroom. She draws on her extensive experience to bring a fresh and insightful perspective to the table. She also leverages her investigative skills to help bring underlying issues and the parties’ respective needs to the surface. By doing so, Dina can help parties get to the root of the problem and see the other side’s perspective. To learn more about what sets Dina apart as a mediator, click here.
However, in cases where the initial full-day mediation is “unsuccessful,” Dina provides the parties with an optional one-hour post-mediation meeting. In most cases, this follow-up communication will occur approximately two to three months after the initial mediation. The intention behind post-mediation contact is to allow the parties willing to continue settlement discussions additional time to explore further settlement opportunities.
It is essential for parties to understand that the specific benefits of post-mediation communication may depend on the context of the mediation, the parties’ needs, and the nature of the dispute.
If issues remain unresolved by the end of a full-day mediation, post-mediation contact allows the parties to remain proactive in their settlement discussions and build upon the progress that has already been made. To help increase the chances of reaching an amicable agreement, Dina helps parties develop a clear action plan in advance of post-mediation contact.
A key benefit of mediation, including Dina’s post-mediation follow-up service, is that it is a flexible process that may be tailored to the needs of the parties involved. Concerning post-mediation communication specifically, the parties may advise Dina of any progress made since the initial mediation’s conclusion to ensure that the one-hour follow-up is maximized. Regardless of whether additional progress has been made, parties can decide what outstanding issues they wish to continue negotiating and to what extent Dina’s services are required. For example, parties may only seek assistance sorting through only one of many issues that remain outstanding. In other cases, parties may determine that substantial mediator involvement is necessary, and additional mediations may be scheduled.
By engaging in post-mediation contact, parties can continue working on relationship preservation while addressing the issues that lead to the need for mediation in the first place. Dina’s follow-up service can help parties ensure that their agreement will be adhered to over time and may also be used to determine the steps that will be taken if unexpected challenges arise down the road. This time may also be used for parties to address any necessary modifications or resulting issues that might strain the newly formed resolutions.
If parties want to avoid the need to litigate their remaining issues, it is vital for them to take time to understand why the initial mediation did not result in a mutual settlement. Further, it is also critical for parties to be prepared to revisit and reconsider their positions. A party’s position should be aligned with their desired outcome, and they should be prepared to make concessions to continue to work towards resolution.
Parties should also keep detailed notes of any progress made between them, between the initial mediation and the post-mediation follow-up. This empowers them to capitalize on the headway already gained throughout the process.
If the parties remain unable to progress further with mediation, they will typically proceed to the next stage of the litigation process. However, if the parties determine that further mediator involvement will be beneficial to their dispute resolution, they may seek additional assistance from Dina.
Willis Business Law offers parties comprehensive mediation services provided by managing partner Dina Mejalli-Willis. Mediation is a beneficial dispute resolution alternative available to parties seeking a mutually satisfactory resolution while effectively managing their time and costs. Dina offers both half-day and full-day mediation options to parties who are prepared to work together to overcome their differences. For those who participate in a full-day mediation but do not leave with an agreement, Dina also provides a one-hour follow-up service to help the parties build on their existing progress to resolve outstanding issues. To learn more about our mediation services, contact Willis Business Law online, call us at (519) 945-5470, or book your mediation session using Dina’s online scheduling calendar.