What is mediation?
Mediation is the process by which a trained, neutral, 3rd party assists individuals or companies involved in a conflict to try and help them communicate with each other and reach a resolution or solution.
What is the role of the mediator?
The mediator does not make decisions for the parties. They do not tell the parties what to do or agree to do. They will facilitate communication and help the parties focus on relevant issues to try to reach a solution.
How does mediation work?
Once all parties agree to participate in mediation, the mediator will talk with both sides individually, or meet together as a group. Usually 1-2 hours is scheduled for the first session. At the end of that period of time, the parties agree to future sessions or to stop.
How do I get started?
The first step is to send a letter to the other parties involved requesting mediation. For an example of a general letter, click here. For an example of a Real Estate Specific letter, click here. Once all parties have agree to mediate, the mediator will send out an agreement for mediation to all parties involved. The Mediator will then set a time and location that works for all parties.
Why choose to mediate?
Often mediation is required by the court system in an effort to resolve issues before they end up in court, resulting in saving time and money for all parties involved. Some legal documents you may sign such as a real estate contract may require mediation before you can sue. Others choose mediation as a lower cost alternative to law suites or court and a way to avoid paying for costly legal representation.
Mediation can also offer solutions that the court may not allow or consider. For example, in court you will usually have a winner and a loser. In mediation, often the solution reached will be a compromise on both sides and is considered to be “win-win” for all parties.
How much does mediation cost?
Mediation prices vary according to the situation. Sometimes a flat rate is assessed, but usually prices are by the hour. Hourly rates start at $60 per hour. Please contact Ginger for rates for your specific situation.
How is mediation different from arbitration or court?
Arbitration is the referral of a dispute to one or more neutral 3rd parties for a decision based on evidence and testimony provided by the disputants. It can be binding by law or non-binding. A decision made by a court is final. In mediation, the parties are in control of the outcome, it is not decided for them.
What if I don’t like the outcome?
Mediation is voluntary and results are not guaranteed. Paying for and participating in mediation does not guarantee the parties will reach a solution. You can always choose to pursue your conflict in court or through other methods. However, making a good faith attempt to resolve your conflict may result in a more productive process.
What education is required for a mediator?
All mediators are not created equally! Colorado Law does not require specific education requirements. The Colorado Council of Mediators and Mediation Organizations (CCMO) have created a guideline of recommended education for those wishing to pursue the field of mediation.
Why choose Ginger?
Ginger has accomplished all recommended education by CCMO and continue to attend education courses and seminars. She has extensive experience in mediating small claims court cases as well as other volunteer cases for Jefferson County Mediation Services. She brings to the table my experience as a Realtor and landlord that often helps speed up the process and reach “win-win” solutions.
Ginger specializes in all real estate related conflict including the following:
- tenant-landlord disputes
- buy/sell agreements
- conflicts between real estate agents
- contractor disagreements
- HOA conflict
Other housing related issues
Other areas Ginger can also mediate include: custody, divorce, neighbors, noise, pet behavior, gangs, roommates, business/consumer, small claims, civil cases, family business, debt collection, labor grievances, contracts, housing developments, condominiums, real estate, medical staff, doctor-patient relations, provider-insurer, elderly, nursing homes, benefits, public policy, environmental, negotiated investment strategies, & water use.
Call today for a free consultation to see if your situation is right for mediation! 303-881-9127