There are many ways for people in business or non-family relationships to come to a place where it would be desirable to have an intervention. Misunderstanding, misperception, different views on what is “right”, delays in expected performance are all possible avenues of getting to a place of conflict.
Some examples are:
- Property boundary disputes
- Construction or repair contracts
- Any vendor-customer issue
- Employer-employee matters
- Buyer-Seller disputes
Is Mediation for You?
Do you have to, or do you want to, have a continuing relationship? If so, it’s very important to unravel how the relationship got into a mess and to reweave a workable base for future interactions. If you will not have a continuing relationship you still need to find a way to bring the current matter to a reasonable conclusion.
Mediation is likely to be the most cost effective dispute resolution model. Mediation is much less costly than litigation, and therefore less expense diminishing the profit or benefit of the transaction.
You don’t have to like the other party; you just need to be civil. It also can measurably help the outcome if you can approach the mediation with an open mind ready to listen as well as speak.
Preparing to Come to Mediation
Gather together the documents of the transaction:
- Copies of checks paid
- Deeds and surveys if the dispute involves real estate
Write a history of the transaction giving as much as you can recall of dates and representations of both sides.
Before you come to the first session, please download, and fill-out, the following:
Business Mediation Worksheet
Business Mediation Contract
It would be helpful if you could send the completed Business Mediation Worksheet to June a few days before your first session.