How can you increase the odds that your upcoming mediation will be successful? Once the mediator has been chosen and the mediation date is set, preparation is the answer. Many of the frustrations with mediation (it takes too long, too little progress was made during the initial session, a party had inadequate authority, one party needs to study new information) can be the result of a lack of good pre-mediation preparation. To make the most of the opportunity for settlement that mediation provides, prepare yourself, your client and the mediator in advance.
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