Ventura, CA (PRWEB) June 29, 2012
Many Small Claims Courts around the country have been working over the past several years with pro-bono mediators who offer to help settle cases before they come before a judge. These programs have been extremely successful.
Most small claims cases are business related: Tenant/Landlord, Contractor/Client, Retail/Customer. One party is suing another over an amount of money they feel is owed. Mediated resolutions often boil down to an amount and a payment schedule that the debtor can live with and live up to.
Mediators are able to work with the litigants to facilitate an understanding of the issues. By having the chance to express their viewpoints in a voluntary setting, the parties are often able to break through the wall that caused the court action and come to a resolution on their own.
Studies show that a mediated settlement is more likely to be collected than a judgment. And normally a judgment handed down by the court means that there is a winner and a loser. In mediation, the parties might not get everything they want, but they do have a say in the outcome which normally involves a compromise arrived at with the aid of the mediator.
There are many benefits to business mediation; primarily that there is no judgment rendered and therefore no chance of it showing up on credit reports.
"We offer small business mediation to help people resolve their disputes before going to court," says Wade Horigan, Principal at Silent Partner Negotiators. The next time you have an business issue you are considering filing in small claims court, call us first for a free consultation.