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Mediation is popular because it's a quick, cheap and fair way to resolve disputes. Recognizing this, courts are also beginning to require people to use mediation to settle custody disputes, small claims cases and even civil suits.
How to Mediate Your Dispute takes you through the mediation process from start to finish. Lawyer and professional mediator Peter Lovenheim shows you how to:
* choose a mediator
* prepare a case
* go through the mediation process
* arrive at win-win agreements
How to Mediate Your Dispute also includes detailed chapters on the types of cases often taken to mediationdivorce, business disputes, consumer claims and more.
About the Author
Peter Lovenheim’s articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, and other publications. A graduate of Boston University School of Journalism and Cornell Law School, he is the author of four previous books, including Becoming a Mediator: An Insider’s Guide to Exploring Careers in Mediation. He lives in Rochester, New York.
Table of Contents1. What is mediation?
2. Selecting disputes for mediation
3. Where to take your dispute for mediation
4. Starting your mediation case
5. Selecting mediation services and mediators
6. Preparing for your mediation
7. Inside the mediation session
8. Writing an agreement that works
9. If no agreement is reached: options available
10. What to do if your mediation agreement doesn�t work
11. Divorce mediation
12. Mediating business disputes
13. Lawyers and legal research
appendix A Sample mediation rules
appendix B Standards of conduct for mediators
appendix C National and regional mediation organizations and services
appendix D Statewide mediation offices