Do you also Need an Attorney?
In family matters, mediation is an alternative to litigation. However, for a mediated settlement to be successful, parties need to know what the
probable outcome of litigation would be. Since mediators do not give specific legal advice, having a lawyer's advice
is important in making informed decisions during mediation.
In civil matters, attorneys are actively involved in the mediation when
a lawsuit is pending. If the parties choose to mediate before hiring
attorneys, any agreement has the binding effect of a contract, or an
attorney can be employed to have the court approve the agreement and enter
it as a judgement.