What is mediation?
Civil Mediation is a process in which the parties have an opportunity to discuss their issues with a mediator to see if an agreement can be reached. While discussing the issues, the parties can have an open discourse without the hindrances of courtroom objections or the concern that a jury may be biased against them. Mediation is fundamentally an assisted settlement negotiation, and the proceedings are confidential. If an agreement is reached during the mediation process, the parties will enter into a binding written agreement.
What does a mediator do?
Mediators are neutral third parties who are trained to facilitate settlement negotiations between the parties. In Texas, mediators must meet the educational requirements of Chapter 154.052(a) Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code to handle civil disputes and additional education requirements under Chapter 154.052(b) to mediate domestic relations matters. A mediator will not impose a settlement upon anyone and may not act as an advocate for or render legal advice to any party. The parties remain responsible for achieving their own mutually acceptable agreement.
How does mediation work?
Mediation assists the parties in focusing on the problem instead of one another. Parties are encouraged to openly discuss the issues so that the problems can be identified and potential solutions can be viewed from as many angles as possible. The mediation process will take place in an atmosphere that is less intimidating and less formal than a courtroom or a deposition. The parties are not allowed to record the mediation by video or audio, and this allows the parties to speak more openly. Unlike a court proceeding where the parties are testifying before a judge or jury that will decide the outcome, mediation allows parties to communicate directly between one another or through the mediator so that the parties may jointly decide the outcome. Mediation is not governed by strict rules of procedure, which allows the parties to exercise candor and creativity on the pathway to finding the best agreement.
What types of cases can be mediated?
Mediation can assist in the resolution of a broad range of civil issues involving, but not limited to,
the following areas:
Bankruptcy and Post‐Bankruptcy
Consumer / Merchant
Landlord / Tenant
Credit Card Lawsuits
Residential and Commercial Real Estate
Discord between Family Members and Spouses
Child Support and Child Custody
Marital Property Division
Note: Mediation cannot help resolve criminal cases.
Why Choose the Mediators at Mann Law Firm PLLC?
The attorneys at Mann Law Firm PLLC are certified mediators and have met the requirements of Chapter 154.052(a) and (b) of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code to mediate civil cases as well as family law matters. They are credentialed by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association and are members of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Houston Bar Association, and the Texas Association of Mediators. June Mann and David Aaron DeSoto have each been designated Credentialed Distinguished Mediator, Texas Mediation Credentialing Association.
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