|Posted on January 14, 2011 at 12:06 PM|
Mark J. Albrechta, Esquire, has been certified as a Circuit Civil Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court. Mr. Albrechta is certified to mediate all matters in the Circuit Court (damages greater than $15,000.00), including mortgage foreclosure matters, contact disputes, insurance disputes, personal injury cases, auto negligence cases, probate matters, guardianship matters, and professional malpractice cases. This certification does not apply to mediating Family Law Matters (Divorce, Post-Judgment Divorce Modification matters, etc.). Mr. Albrechta is available to mediate matters before a law suit is filed, if the parties wish to attempt to settle the matter before filing suit.
Mediation is a process by which the parties to a dispute come together with a neutral third-party, the Mediator, who will assist and facilitate the parties in an effort to reach a mutually agreeable settlement of their dispute. The Mediator acts as an impartial facilitator, and may not impose or force any settlement on the parties. The Mediator’s function is to assist the parties in evaluating the benefits, risks, and costs of mediation and alternative methods of problem solving that are available. The Mediator will not unnecessarily or inappropriately prolong the mediation session if it becomes apparent that the case is unsuitable for mediation or if one or more of the parties is unwilling or unable to participate in the mediation process in a meaningful manner.
The Mediator may not give legal advice, nor offer any personal or professional opinions as to how the court in which the case has been filed may resolve the dispute. The mediation deliberations should be conducted in a non-adversarial manner where mutual respect is observed among all parties throughout the entire process.
Mediation allows the parties to a dispute to maintain some control over the outcome of the matter, and should be utilized to attempt to settle the dispute before going to trial. This will ultimately reduce the costs of litigation.