WHAT IS MEDIATION?
When you are involved in a law suit, you may find the judge will require you to go to mediation before he will allow you into his courtroom. Mediators help those involved in a dispute to come to an agreement without imposing their own views. They facilitate an agreement if at all possible. Unlike when you go in front of a judge, the mediation meeting is not a formal one and can be held anywhere agreeable to both parties.
Hersch & Associates have a separate facility just for mediations, which is conducive to the mediation process. During mediation the participants get to voice their grievances and demands and the impartial mediator works with them to help view the situation dispassionately. The mediator does not make a ruling on the case as a judge would, but instead helps the parties to come to a decision that is mutually acceptable. This is then presented to the judge who makes that decision a ruling which would be enforceable.
Mediations save time. For a case to go from filing to judgment may take as little as one year and for cases to take much longer is not unusual.
Mediations save money. A mediation can take as little as two hours which would cost each party less than $300 while taking a case all the way through to judgment in court may cost many thousands.
Mediations decrease stress. Going all the way from filing to obtaining a judge’s ruling has emotional costs. Weeks and months (and maybe years) of waiting for a situation to be resolved is stressful. Divorce settlements, personal injury insurance claims, in fact any legal disputes that take a long time to resolve cause loss of sleep, anxiety and sometimes depression. These emotional costs are hard to put a money value on but a mediator’s job is to help you through that process.
Mediations end bickering. Resolutions, when properly arrived at, usually end the bickering between the parties on a more permanent basis.
WHERE to MEDIATE?
Florida Mediation Services provides offices in Zephryhills designed specifically for mediations, with a reception area and three sound-proofed offices so you now have a neutral place, away from the bustle of the standard busy law practice. They additionally have an office for mediation in Dade City. The Mediators, however will travel to you at no additional cost and do the mediation wherever the parties can agree.
The expertise and experience of the associates in Florida Mediation Services are extensive. Your mediations will be handled professionally at Florida Mediation Services.
Larry S. Hersch, founder of FMS, has 39 years of practicing law in the State of Florida, involving all forms of civil litigation, family law, personal injury, and probate and guardianship, providing knowledge valuable to you in helping to mediate a dispute. Also, specialized knowledge in financial issues comes from his representation of a Nationally Chartered Bank for over 28 years. His style is aggressive, compassionate, and his results are good. His varied experience enables him to relate to many different situations and his communication techniques enable him to relate well with all types of people.
Dr. G. Douglas Lunsford is certified in both circuit civil and family mediations for FMS, with a background which includes being a university psychology professor for the University of Florida, University of South Florida and Saint Leo University. Because of this background in psychology, a unique perspective is brought to mediations. His reputation is of being a dynamic communicator with special skills of getting to the root of a problem quickly.
WHEN YOU SHOULD MEDIATE?
Because mediation allows you the forum to air your grievances and to work out resolutions that are acceptable to both parties, you should book the mediation as quickly as possible to avoid the economic and emotional expense that litigation causes. Florida Mediation Services offers mediations to you through a simple phone call to our main numbers: (352) 567-2442 or (813) 715-0742
We are happy to hold the mediations in our new Zephyrhills offices, our Dade City Offices, but are also willing to come to your offices with no charge for reasonable travel or for getting up to speed.