Columbia Mediation Lawyers
What Are the Benefits of Mediation in South Carolina?
Almost all law suits are settled without a trial. However, usually that point is reached only after costly discovery and depositions, expensive trial preparation and numerous delays. Mediation has been found to be a very effective and cost efficient method of resolving civil cases without incurring the high cost and uncertainty of a jury trial. It is for these reasons that many lawyers and litigants seek alternative means to resolve their disputes.
Mediation offers satisfactions that the litigation system cannot hope to offer, including:
- Choice of mediator
- Flexibility as to time and place
- Low cost
- Privacy and confidentiality
- Mutually acceptable results
- Control of the outcome
As a neutral third party, the goal of the mediator is to solve the problem which exists between the parties. Fault-finding, or assessing blame is a function of the jury and is not part of the mediation process. Presently, mediation of civil cases is mandatory in many counties in South Carolina, including Richland County.
Family Court Mediation - Contact a Columbia Attorney Today
Currently there are 33 South Carolina Counties that are mandatory mediation counties. The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) rules require that prior to any Family Court case being set for a final hearing or trial on the merits, the parties are required to attend mediation. Mediation allows the parties involved to creatively craft their own agreement through negotiation and compromise and remove themselves from the often contentious and costly realm of family court litigation.
Harry Goldberg is one of the Firm's managing partners and has been a certified civil court mediator since 1995. He has a record of assisting litigants and their attorneys in settling their cases. He is past chairman of the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the South Carolina Bar. He has participated in numerous Continuing Legal Education programs on mediation as well as speaking to various non-lawyer audiences on the benefits of mediation. Harry has appeared on television discussing the benefit of mediation in South Carolina. Mr. Goldberg has been selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice of mediation & arbitration.
Individualized Care From 20+ Attorneys
Helping clients achieve their goals is our Charleston lawyers' primary mission.
Over 50 Years Of Legal Experience
Meet the vibrant, responsible, and accomplished legal team at Finkel Law Firm, LLC.
Helping You With Your Legal Needs
We have the capacity to address a wide range of legal matters. See how we can help you.
Speak With An Attorney Today
Schedule a consultation with a Charleston lawyer to discuss your legal concerns.
Finkel Law Firm Won Gold for Best Family Law and Bronze for Best Estate Law and Law Firm
Johnny Stewart promoted to Partnership
Finkel Law Firm Announces Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch for 2024
Johnny Stewart of Finkel Law Firm - 2023 South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars