Clients often ask how this process actually operates. While explaining how the mediation process should proceed and discussing all obligations and responsibilities, the attorney’s aim is to maintain a neutral position. All sides are encouraged to start by providing a clear picture of exactly where they stand.
Areas of disagreement can then be clarified, and the attorney will offer assistance throughout the negotiation process and suggest where a compromise might be possible. Creative and personalized solution finding to match specific circumstances can be undertaken.
Then a draft of a tentative agreement can be created. Attorneys for each side can examine this; if an agreement can be reached, all forms can then be submitted for court approval.
Mediation is one of many services provided by Granholm & Gynac, family and estate planning attorneys based in Joliet, Illinois.