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Mediation in Business

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Most of my business clients see mediation as the thing you do when you are almost at the end of litigation.

Mediation can be a cost-savings tool if used early when a dispute is still minor.

Times to use mediation early:

1) You have a good business relationship that you would like to save

2) You suspect the other party "doesn't get it"

3) The other party says you "don't get it"

4) The best solution involves something other than just money

A mediator may help you find resolution while you can still afford it. You may use mediation to resolve issues with suppliers, contractors, employee and customers.

Find a great mediator the same way you find a great lawyer:

   a) Ask trusted advisors

   b) Research credentials

   c) Interview more than one and make comparisons

Getting to the solution may be easier if you have someone who specializes in facilitating calm meaningful negotiation. As Abraham Lincoln said, "Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can."

-  Christine Branstad

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