Mediator, Douglas D. Nichols is now seeing mediation clients at his new office in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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The new Douglas D. Nichols Mediation office in Northampton is located a short distance from Route I-91 at Exit 18. The office street address is 20 Hampton Avenue, Suite 160, Northampton. The new office phone number is (413) 478-1160.

The new Douglas D. Nichols Mediation office in Northampton is located a short distance from Route I-91 at Exit 18.

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which an individual acting as mediator assists two or more parties in arriving at an agreement on a matter about which the parties are in dispute.

The beginnings of mediation go back to ancient times when most villages had at least one person (sometimes the village elder or village wise man) who was skilled at helping citizens resolve their disputes peacefully. The Romans turned mediation into an official occupation calling these professionals conciliators, intercessors, etc.

Mediation allows all of the parties to be in control of the outcome. The function of the mediator is to act as a lubricant between the parties so as to allow them to resolve their dispute in a way that is acceptable to all of the parties. Mediation conserves both time and money when compared to litigation and mediation is a private function as opposed to court proceedings that are open to the public.

In mediation, the parties are in control of the outcome because they are always free to reject a proposed solution to their dispute. If the resolution of a dispute is turned over to a court the terms of the resolution are dictated to the parties by a judge or a jury, in which case some or all of the parties may be upset with the outcome.

Money is saved through the use of mediation because the expense of attorneys is not necessary. If experts are needed, for real estate valuation or the determination of income tax consequences for example, one expert can be retained by both parties to give an objective opinion as opposed to each party hiring his or her own expert to give a slanted opinion in his or her favor.

The mediation services of Douglas D. Nichols Mediation include, but are not limited to: Divorce Mediation, Marriage Mediation, Couples Mediation, Same Sex Mediation, Business Mediation, Commercial Mediation, Probate Mediation and Elder Mediation. During much of the more than 40 years that Douglas D. Nichols practiced law in Massachusetts, he also provided mediation services to his clients. In addition to private disputes, he has mediated matters that were pending in the Massachusetts Superior Court, the District Court, the Probate and Family Court and the Juvenile Court.

For more information about Douglas D. Nichols Mediation visit the web site: douglasnichols.com.

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