The theory underlying our adversarial legal system, is that each person will hire a bright lawyer who will see the situation completely from the perspective of the client, and then present the strongest case possible to the judge. The judge will get the best information from each side, but will be neutral. The judge will see the situation from above and will render a wise and fair decision. Unfortunately, because of our over-loaded and burdened court system, most judges do not have the time to get to know the people behind the case. People who go through the court system often end up feeling that they did not have their story heard by the judge, and that they were not given a chance to speak.
Mediation will give you that chance - and you are the best person to speak about your life, your business and your needs. No expert knows your facts as well as you do. In truth, no hired expert will care as much as you do - because only you and your opponent will live with the agreement you make. You are the people who are in the best position to decide what should be the best deal for your business and/or your family.
As mediators, we will not act as judges, meaning that we will not make decisions FOR you - but we will act as a judge in that we will remain neutral. We will do our best to listen to everything that each of you needs to say, and we will ask the right questions to make sure that we have all of the information we need. If one of the parties need additional information, we will help to brainstorm to figure out how to get the information to that party. They might need the assistance of an accountant, a financial planner, or an engineer for instance, before feeling confident enough to evaluate offers that are on the table or have enough background information to make decisions.