Mediation is when an independent third party facilitates a conversation between two parties in dispute with a view to resolving the dispute. Mediations have very high success rates of over 90%.
Mediation can be a very cost effective way of resolving a dispute between parties, whether it be a parenting dispute, a matrimonial or de facto property settlement, a dispute with an employer or a dispute between family members about the division of an estate. At JMR Lawyers and Mediators, we have the experience to assist you with your mediation.
Janelle Rollo, the Principal of JMR Lawyers and Mediators is a fully qualified mediator who is accredited with the Attorney-General’s Department. Janelle can issue Section 60I Certificates to parties undertaking Parenting mediations.
We offer our own rooms in which to conduct mediations and can offer safe, secure rooms where neither party comes into direct contact with the other party, at no additional cost to you. Refreshments and lunch are included in the mediation fee for full day mediations.
Janelle can also travel for mediations both in Brisbane CBD, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.
We also offer our rooms to be rented out for mediations.
Working with Mediation Lawyers in Brisbane to Resolve Disputes
There can be a tremendous amount of value in working with mediation lawyers in Brisbane. Full-fledged legal battles can be messy and expensive for all parties. In situations where resolving a dispute outside of the courtroom is possible, mediation is always worth a try. At JMR Lawyers & Mediation, we are proud to offer a variety of services for mediation and law in Brisbane.
Background to Mediation Lawyers in Brisbane
What exactly is mediation, and how does it help avoid some of the costlier aspects of legal disputes and litigation? Here is some background on the type of mediation services we offer:
- Mediation does not make sense for all legal matters. In addition to providing services for mediation in Logan, our firm also provides legal services in several other practice areas—among them criminal law, traffic law and domestic violence. Mediations are not typically relevant in these situations, as they are either severe enough to have escalated beyond mediation (domestic violence) or are more formal legal cases (criminal charges or traffic violations).
- Mediation is intended to resolve disputes. Disputes can spring up in many areas, from the home front (marriages, family members disputing the division of an estate, etc.) to the workplace. These disputes can escalate to litigation—perhaps in the form of a contentious divorce or a lawsuit against an employer for discriminatory practices. Mediation can help settle these disputes in a mutually agreeable manner, thereby avoiding a courtroom battle.
If you are eager to avoid the cost and headache of litigation, working through mediation is likely your best bet in most situations.
Related Services Our Mediation Lawyers in Brisbane Provide
Our lawyers can provide mediation for a variety of different disputes. These include:
- Matrimonial settlement. If you and your partner are divorcing, it’s important to sketch out an agreeable division of assets. Married couples frequently share ownership of everything from houses and property to businesses to automobiles. Mediation can be an effective way to negotiate a division of these assets that both parties can live with and accept. Our property settlement lawyers are adept at helping spouses put together mutually agreeable agreements of who will maintain ownership of which assets.
- Custody arrangements and parenting disputes. These family law mediations are more complicated where kids are involved. On the one hand, establishing custody or co-parenting arrangements is a challenge, as both parents would typically rather have more time with their children. On the other hand, parents are usually eager to avoid litigation, as contentious divorces can have a very negative impact on children. A custody meditation in Brisbane is mandatory prior to commencing proceedings in Curt pursuant to Section 60I, to see if it is possible to reach an agreeable parenting arrangement without the interference of the court.
- Disputes over wills and estates. In an ideal situation, a Last Will and Testament will provide clear and inarguable instructions for how a person’s estate will be passed down. However, in some cases, issues with a will can lead family members to dispute the division of an estate. These disputes can get ugly and can result in chasms forming between family members. Mediation can help avoid these outcomes.
What Sets JMR Lawyers & Mediators Apart Regarding Mediation and Law in Brisbane
If you are looking for a lawyer to lead your property settlement mediation in Brisbane, you might wonder what makes JMR Lawyers & Mediators the right firm for the job. Here are a few factors that set us apart from our competitors in this space:
- Our success rate. We have a more than 90 percent success rate in our mediation services, spanning all different types of legal matters.
- Our commitment to resolution. Law firms are often portrayed in movies or TV as greedy businesses trying to rack up as many billable hours for clients as possible. That depiction could not be further from our values as a firm. Our focus is always on helping clients resolve their matters as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, which is why we will always recommend mediation as a first step, if applicable.
- Our versatile legal background. Though our background in family law makes us a logical choice for parenting mediation in Logan, our team brings knowledge and experience in a range of different areas of legal practice. This versatility helps make us more effective mediators in virtually any type of dispute.
What You Can Expect from Your Mediation in Logan
If you do decide to go through mediation with our firm, here are a few things you can expect:
- A third-party mediator. We will provide an independent third-party mediator to facilitate conversation between you and the other party. This mediator will work with both parties to identify priorities and work towards agreeable resolutions.
- A flexible setup. We can conduct mediations at a place of your choosing or here in our offices. An in-office mediation is preferable for many clients, simply because we can offer neutral territory. We have enough space to provide secure rooms for each party, so that neither party needs to interact with the other.
- Lunch and refreshments. Mediation sessions can sometimes stretch on for hours or even full days. We include refreshments and lunch in the fee for these lengthier mediations.
Tips Regarding Mediations for Matrimonial Settlements, Custody Disputes and More
While our mediation track record is very good, we don’t do all the work in this process. Instead, mediations are a collaborative process that requires both parties to be involved, engaged and committed to arriving at a resolution. Here are a few tips to help you get ready for your mediation:
- Come prepared to compromise. The disputes that escalate into court battles are typically the ones where none of the involved parties are willing to compromise and work together. For mediation to be successful, it’s best for all parties to come into it with the goal of resolution. Otherwise, there’s only so much progress that the mediator can make.
- Write down your priorities. In any dispute, each party will have things that are must-haves, things that are nice-to-haves and things that aren’t huge priorities. This basic rule of thumb applies for everything from property settlement to custody matters. Spend some time reflecting on what is most important to you in this matter. Then, jot down your priorities so that you can bring that information to the table.
- Focus on listening. Remember: you aren’t the only one with wants and needs in this situation. The other party is bringing those things to the mediation, too, which means you need to understand them and be as empathetic as possible towards them. Being ready to listen actively and understand the other party’s point of view is vital—even if you don’t see eye to eye.
Why JMR Lawyers & Mediators are Cost-Effective
Litigation can stretch on for months or years, cost vast sums of money and devastate relationships beyond repair. Especially for divorcing spouses who share children, this outcome is simply not tenable. At JMR Lawyers & Mediators, our mediation lawyers in Brisbane are a cost-effective way to avoid the full fallout of a legal battle, while still hopefully finding the resolution you desire. Contact us today to learn more.