- Broker Contracts
- Supplier Contracts
- Picker, Packer, Storage and Shipper Issues
- Real Property
- Crop Damage
How Can Parties Make the Most of a Mediation Session?
- Gather and organize the documents and paperwork
- Create a written time line with the events to be discussed
- If important information is missing, tell the mediator and see if they can help locate the necessary information
- Make copies of important documents and label the paperwork prior to the mediation so that its easier to use it during the mediation.
- Flag any documents that you do not want the other parties to see so that the mediator knows to keep the document confidential.
- Remember your point of view may be different from the other parties
- Be prepared to listen to what they have to say as well.
- It is common in mediation to come up with more creative, open and collaborative ways to resolve the problem than can be found in other forums such as in a courtroom or before a hearing officer.
- Keep an open mind about what might work to fix the problem.
- Try to encourage more ideas by not immediately saying “no” to a proposal.
- During the mediation, if you need time to think about an issue, or would like to speak to an adviser whose opinion you value, you can do so.
- Think of the mediation session as a conversation between you and the other parties with the mediator there to ensure that the conversation is productive and that each of you has the opportunity to speak, reflect and work together to come up with joint solutions.