Dispute Resolution Services: Elder Mediation, Collaborative Law, Divorce Mediation
The Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli offers alternatives to litigating will contests, probate matters, contested guardianship lawsuits and other family conflicts through the use of mediation. Mediation is the process by which a trained, neutral person, called a mediator, facilitates the resolution of a dispute. Mediation is non-adversarial, with the objective of helping the parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement. Mediation can be used to resolve any disputes, including family law and elder law matters. Clients who are facing difficult litigation have a critical decision to make: whether to pursue the conflict using the “traditional” litigation model, or whether to consider an alternative model, such as mediation.
To learn more about these services, click on the following topics:
- What is Mediation?
- Resolving Conflicts Through Elder Mediation
- Divorce Mediation—the Sensible, Affordable Alternative
- Resolving Conflicts Through Collaborative Law
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a process by which an impartial third party, called a mediator, facilitates communication between parties in conflict. The mediator has no power to make decisions for the parties. Rather, the mediator’s goal is to assist and encourage disputing parties in reaching a voluntary, fully-informed and mutually-acceptable agreement. The mediator uses his or her skills and experience to establish a framework and process within which the parties can communicate. The mediator gets the parties talking, helps them explore differences, points out the strengths and weaknesses in each party’s case, asks questions and makes private recommendations about the underlying merits of each side’s case. Ultimately, the mediator may communicate settlement offers and counteroffers to each side at appropriate times. Attendance at a mediation may be voluntary or ordered by a court. However, the outcome is binding only if the parties reach a voluntary agreement.
Advantages of Mediation
Mediation provides a quick and relatively inexpensive way for contesting parties to settle their dispute or pending lawsuit. The alternative—litigation—can take an average of 1 to 3 years to reach trial. Typically, a high percentage of disputes can be resolved in mediation in what is a comparatively short time–weeks or months. Most importantly, the parties get to craft their own result—a settlement can occur only if each side accepts the result. In mediation, the parties negotiate the settlement themselves and know what the result will be, eliminating the risk of a jury or other decision-maker randomly and haphazardly deciding the case. Thus, both parties benefit in mediation.
Why Choose the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli to Mediate Your Dispute?
Qualifications! Parties choosing a mediator to handle the attempted resolution of an important dispute should look for a professional who is neutral, who is experienced in negotiation and mediation, and who knows the substantive law involved in the area of dispute. Donald D. Vanarelli has the background, experience and legal knowledge necessary to be an effective mediator in elder law and estate matters, as well as family law cases. Mr. Vanarelli is board-certified as an elder law attorney, and has years of experience. Mr. Vanarelli is also an Accredited Professional Mediator, a designation awarded to mediators with enhanced training and experience.
At the Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli, we are committed to helping parties achieve a satisfactory resolution of their dispute.
Vanarelli Is Guest On Internet Radio Show!
Donald Vanarelli was recently a guest on “Focus on Seniors”, a new internet radio talk show airing on the WS Radio (WSRadio.com) network. The 60 minute-talk show deals with the caring and health of seniors and features two experts per show in the field of aging. In a 30 minute segment, Mr. Vanarelli was interviewed about the topic of Elder Mediation. “Focus on Seniors” airs every other Tuesday at 5:00PM EST.
Click here to listen to the interview. >
For additional information regarding Mediation Services, call us at 908-232-7400 or click here to contact us online.