Preventive Mediation or a Healthy Alternative

By: Sylvia Mayer, Mayer on Mediation (http://smayerlaw.com/category/mayer-on-mediation/) How many times in the past month have you swallowed your anger, frustration or disappointment to avoid conflict? Or allowed the status quo to remain because there is no agreement on change? Or made excuses to cover mistakes or lapses, rather than address the underlying issue? And how… Continue Reading

By: Sylvia Mayer, Mayer on Mediation (http://smayerlaw.com/category/mayer-on-mediation/) I recently mediated a dispute over money either borrowed (according to one party) or gifted (according to the other party). While nominally the dispute was about money, as is true so often, the underlying conflict was personal. Through opening statements, it became clear that what the parties most… Continue Reading

By: Sylvia Mayer, Mayer on Mediation (http://smayerlaw.com/category/mayer-on-mediation) While “elder mediator” could refer to a mediator of advanced age, Elder Mediator typically refers to a mediator who facilitates family discussion and decision-making regarding elder and adult care issues. Elder and Adult Care Mediation is a growing field focused on helping families navigate the challenges of aging.… Continue Reading

By: Sylvia Mayer, Mayer on Mediation (http://smayerlaw.com/category/mayer-on-mediation) It’s year-end, so it must be time for a top 10 list, right? I realize it is cliché, but as the minutes tick away on 2014, it is a time to reflect on the past, including the lessons that I’ve learned as a mediator. So here goes —… Continue Reading

By: Sylvia Mayer, Mayer on Mediation (http://smayerlaw.com/category/mayer-on-mediation/) “Six Thinking Hats” is a problem solving system developed by Dr. Edward de Bono. The basic premise is that the brain can analyze and solve problems in six distinct ways: objectively, creatively, subjectively negative, subjectively positive, process oriented, and instinctively. While our brains can use each of these… Continue Reading

By: Sylvia Mayer, Mayer on Mediation (http://smayerlaw.com/category/mayer-on-mediation) Litigation involving dogs is a special breed. Many of us love our dogs like we love our children. We revel in their accomplishments, suffer when they suffer, feel joy when they seem happy, and feel anguish when they appear troubled. Because of this special relationship, dog cases (meaning… Continue Reading

By: Sylvia Mayer, Mayer on Mediation (http://smayerlaw.com/category/mayer-on-mediation) In the world of civil litigation, mediation falls in the same category as death and taxes – it is a certainty. While every case is different, below are some “one size fits all” practice tips for preparing for mediation based on over 20 years of experience. Be Prepared… Continue Reading

By: Sylvia Mayer, Mayer on Mediation (http://smayerlaw.com/category/mayer-on-mediation) In the world of civil litigation, mediation falls in the same category as death and taxes – it is a certainty. While every case is different, below are some “one size fits all” practice tips for preparing for mediation based on over 20 years of experience. Be Candid.… Continue Reading

By: Sylvia Mayer, Mayer on Mediation (http://smayerlaw.com/category/mayer-on-mediation) In the world of civil litigation, mediation falls in the same category as death and taxes – it is a certainty. While every case is different, below are some “one size fits all” practical tips for preparing for mediation based on over 20 years of experience. Be Prepared.… Continue Reading

By: Sylvia Mayer, Mayer on Mediation (http://smayerlaw.com/category/mayer-on-mediation) Lawsuit is filed. Discovery may or may not be completed. And then the docket control order, scheduling order or other similar document imposing deadlines requires the parties to go to mediation. I can already hear the groans. What a waste of time! What a waste of money! This… Continue Reading