Laurence “Mitch” Mitchell

Published Author, Facilitator, Public Presenter

Mediation Peacemaking, Conflict Resolution
Toledo, Ohio

Noted for having a great finesse to resolve complicated differences and combative situations. Copious years of helping people and businesses.
• Name one person you know who left court feeling good after a trial? Please Mediate!
• Conflict Resolution
• Divorce/Dissolution and Custody Matters
• Construction and Contract Disputes
• Confidential

What is Mediation?

  • Mediation is the craft of finding solutions to problems with the assistance of a neutral third party. The focus is not on winning or losing...
    ...  it is about finding equitable, peaceful solutions.

    Mediation gives you choices rather than allowing authorities to decide your future.  The process is simple.

  • Mediation supports cooperative approaches to resolving conflict;
  • Assures both/all parties understand the issues;
  • Develops creative solutions which meet the needs of the involved parties;
  • Keeps control and decision making in the hands of the parties involved, not outside authorities.

In traditional litigation, disputing parties present their case to a third party, usually a judge.
The judge makes the final decision. In mediation, the parties remain in control throughout the process,
seeking the best possible solution(s). Mediation saves hundreds, usually thousands of dollars in legal fees. Mediation can produce results in days/weeks, not months or years.
Mediation is far less stressful and adversarial than traditional court experiences.

Getting Started

What Types of Disputes
  can be Mediated?

Mediation can be successful in resolving most disputes and disagreements. a) Construction disputes, commercial and residential. b) Contract disputes between seller and buyer. c) Divorce, dissolution and custody.

Remember, mediation is about working out solutions.

Who Should Participate
  in the Mediation?

Because Mediation is a joint, cooperative problem solving process, it is necessary for both disputing parties to participate. Participants need not feel friendly towards each other, but must be willing to work together to find solutions that are fair. In matters of divorce or custody, fair also means meeting the needs of the children.

Can Mediation Save

In many disputes involving business professionals, I have been able to save the working relationship. Remember, with mediation, the focus is on reaching agreements that are fair.

Disputing spouses have used mediation and counseling to save their marriage. While mediation is not counseling, mediation helps people adjust and make agreements. Current and future issues can be resolved.

Do I need an Attorney?

Mediation is not a legal service. Lawyers help their clients understand the law. Lawyers help make informed agreements and write-up the final agreement.
Lawyers are needed when ownership and financial information requires confirmation.
Lawyers represent their clients in court.

As a mediator I do not represent anyone or take sides. My job is to help participants reach their own agreement. However, I do work with attorneys. In some situations, attorneys are present during the mediation.

Are Agreements Reached
   in Mediation Legally Binding?

Mediation agreements may be written up by the parties and the mediator as an informal working agreement. These same agreements can be filed with the court as a legal contract.

In many situations, mediated agreements may be more flexible than a court ordered solution.

What if the Parties Cannot
   come to Resolution?

Mediation may not resolve all the disputed issues. However; even a partial agreement can help participants narrow the issues, while limiting the time and expenses needed in a court situation.

It is very important to remember, that family and business conflicts are natural and normal, particularly when strong feelings evolve. mediation redefines conflict as a two person issue.

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