A business dispute may have been the result of a simple misunderstanding. But emotions soon play a part, and before you know it, a resolution is nowhere in sight. If this is the case, you may be considering heading to court.
But before you do, you may want to consider business mediation. It’s a cheaper, quicker option that can resolve your issue without the need of attorneys or dealing with the court system.
At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, we understand that small businesses don’t have the expenses for litigation. That’s why we offer small business mediation services to clients throughout Pennsylvania to reach a settlement all parties agree upon so they can get back to business. Learn more about our mediation services.
Mediation Services for Small Businesses
When a conflict arises in your business, you may be considering litigation. However, this can be an expensive and time-consuming endeavor – you’ll have to deal with court costs and attorney fees for a case that could take years to resolve. Litigation is something that many times a small business cannot afford to do. But there’s an alternative solution – mediation.
Mediation can help you and the other party come to a resolution without the need of going to court. Since the two parties are sharing the cost of the mediator, the expenses are much lower, even if you hire a mediator on a per hour basis. The process only takes a few hours until the parties either resolve. If your mediation is successful, you’ll have a signed agreement that can be enforced by the court if the other party does not live up to the terms of the settlement. And if the mediation does not resolve the issue, you still have the option to take legal action.
Business mediation gives the parties a chance to voice their concerns and open up a line of communication to resolve the dispute. It can smooth over misunderstandings and give a person a chance to be heard by the other party. By voluntarily participating in a mediation, you can avoid the anxiety and fear many feel about going to court.
The Business Mediation Process
Your first step to mediation is finding a neutral third party to meet with you and the opposing party to help try and work out the agreement. The mediator has been trained to benefit both parties work through their disagreement to help find a solution that benefits all parties. Each side will have a chance to explain their position; the mediator may ask questions during the statement to clarify events. Most times, the parties do not question the other side.