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FAQ: What Do You Say to People Who Dismiss Holistic, Integrative Law As Weird?

I get variations on this question a lot. Sometimes, I say something to the effect of, “Some people, who haven’t tried and benefited from Integrative Law, might have a difficult time imagining that it works. I invite them to try it, as there is very little risk, especially when considering the alternatives (e.g., continued litigation,…

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FAQ: What Does It Mean to Be a “Neutral”?

Neutrals are third-parties. They aren’t part of the dispute to be arbitrated or mediated, and they aren’t likely to be significantly impacted by any resolution the primary parties create. Unlike your mom, who benefited from a quiet home when you and your sibling stopped fighting, the neutral typically receives no direct benefit from the resolution…

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FAQ: Can I Choose a Mediator with Industry Experience?

Of Course! Mediation is all about the parties having a choice and the power they need to create their own resolutions. There are some disputes that involve complex issues, such as patents or engineering, and you might have greater confidence in a mediator who knows the lingo. In ethnic or religious conflicts, the parties might…

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FAQ: How Do I Know If a Case is Right for Mediation?

First, consider the parties. Is there more than one? How are they getting along? Are they generally reasonable, yet stuck on one or more issue? What result are they seeking, win-lose or resolution and closure? Mediation is often used in situations where: The parties to the conflict or dispute are having difficulty expressing their wants…