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Should I consult an attorney prior to mediation?

In short, the answer is YES.

While our mediators are attorneys with expertise in the area of law at issue, you must remember that mediators are neutral parties that cannot favor you over the opposing party or vice versa.

A good mediator should also not be offering you individual legal advice.

Instead, a good mediator will use their extensive legal knowledge to help the parties understand alternative outcomes and shape a mutually acceptable and legally enforceable mediated agreement.

This agreement can stand alone (enforceable as a contract), or it can be incorporated into a court order. Either way, this agreement will be enforceable by law.

Because a mediated agreement can have tremendous consequences, it is always highly recommended to consult an independent attorney prior to signing any mediated agreement.

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