How do I find a mediator?
There are several good ways to find a mediator to assist you if you are interested in trying this form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). There are a number of websites on the Internet that will connect you to mediators. You may also wish to ask your attorney for a referral to a mediator who specializes in the subject you are hoping to resolve through mediation, or to contact your local court for referrals.
Locating a Mediator
The Internet is a great place to locate a mediator. There are several different websites you can consult including:
When you have found a mediator using either an online source or a referral, it is imperative that you understand what the mediator is going to do and how the mediation process will work. Ask any potential mediators what techniques or methods they use during the mediation process, and make sure to speak with references for information on whether the mediator helped them to resolve their disputes or not.
It is also important to remember that you need to pay the mediator privately in most cases. Find out what the hourly rate is and how many sessions the mediator expects you will need. This may be hard for them to determine, but at least ask for a rough estimate so that you can make sure you budget appropriately to pay for the costs of mediation.
Mediation can be a great way to resolve disputes, especially with the right mediator. However, you will still want an experienced lawyer on your side to help ensure that you get a fair agreement that protects all of your legal rights.