There are many scenarios where parties have a dispute, but it does not always need to be brought into court. Either because it is a relatively minor disagreement, the amount in question is so low that the time and expense of going to court is not worth it, or the relationship between the parties is so intimate that bringing a lawsuit could create a lifetime of discord (eg. family members, neighbors, business partners). As a certified mediator, I can help parties sit down and discuss the situation and help them to resolve the issue in providing neutral guidance during the conversation. This option is available on a voluntary basis where both parties are willing to participate and at a much lower rate than my hourly attorney’s fees.