Prior to setting the case for trial, the state of Florida will require the parties to mediate. This is a process whereby a trained mediator meets with both sides. Customarily the attorneys and possibly the accountant(s) are also present. Everything discussed at mediation is privileged and cannot be divulged by either party at trial. The Law Office of Philip A. McLeod, P.A., has helped represented clients going through this process for more than 40 years.
What Does A Mediator Due?
The mediator is not the judge. He/she makes no decisions in your case. They are there to facilitate settlement. They will never testify in your case so selling them on what a good person you are is a waste of time. They only care to settle your case. If issues are agreed upon at mediation, then a mediation agreement is written up, reviewed, approved by all and then signed. Once signed then it is presented to the court and approved by order.
You can agree on all issues settling the entire case or a limited number of issues and then the unsettled issues will be tried. If you are unable to reach an agreement and further mediation would not be helpful then the mediator will declare an impasse and no further mediation is called for. We can help you navigate through this process as quickly and efficiently as possible.
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