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Role of Mediator

by Michael Tobriner

What Is the Role of the Mediator?

The mediator guides the parties through the mediation process. The mediator:

  • Helps the parties identify and express their long-term goals
  • Works with the parties to put together documents and information
  • Assists the parties in choosing neutral experts, such as property appraisers, business valuation specialists, and retirement plan experts
  • Helps the parties identify issues and interests
  • Guides the parties through the brainstorming process
  • Facilitates the parties’ negotiation of an agreement
  • Prepares the parties’ written settlement contract
  • Assists the parties in navigating the legal system
  • Insures that the negotiating environment is respectful and amicable
  • Insures that both parties assert their interests
  • If the parties request, provides legal background and analysis