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Mediation in Charlotte

Kelli Y. Allen, Licensed Attorney Trained as Mediator

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, used to resolve disputes between two or more parties. During mediation, the parties discuss the dispute with the assistance of a trained and impartial third person, known as a Mediator, who will assist the parties in reaching a mutually-satisfactory settlement rather than filing a court action. The Mediator is a "neutral" and does not make any decisions; that is, the Mediator does not act in the role of attorney, but rather, as a facilitator.

Attorney Kelli Y. Allen is a trained Mediator who assist parties in identifying goals and issues to help them find creative solutions. To learn more about our firm’s mediation services, contact us to schedule an initial consultation.

Advantages of Mediation

Mediation can be undertaken at any point in the dispute. Ideally, the parties will try mediation prior to hiring attorneys and filing a court action. However, even if the dispute is further along, mediation can hopefully short-circuit the process and achieve a resolution before going through a long and expensive court battle.

There are many benefits to Mediation, some of which include:

  • Enabling parties to resolve disputes among themselves while maintaining control over the outcome
  • Not requiring either party to be represented by an attorney, although one or more parties may be represented
  • Offering a much quicker and less expensive process over court
  • Having a lower cost than traditional litigation
  • Allowing the parties to make their own decisions rather than relegating authority to a judge
  • Allowing for a less formal option that is conducted in a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere
  • Allowing parties to be creative in choosing their resolution

In addition, Mediation is private, confidential, and has a high success rate because settlements are reached based on mutual satisfaction and voluntary agreement. In Mediation, the Mediator controls the process and participants control the outcome.

Resolving a Range of Disputes

The Mediator will hold conversations with all parties together, as well as private sessions with each party, if needed. The specifics depend on the type of case, the family dynamics, and the preferences of the parties.

Mediation can be used to resolve disputes of any magnitude. Examples include:

  • Family Law issues - divorce, custody, visitation, division of property
  • Contractual disputes
  • Disputes between neighbors (noise issues, pet issues, boundary issues, etc.)
  • Issues regarding care of elderly parent (living arrangements, caregiving, need for skilled nursing, financial issues, medical care, the roles of each adult child in assisting parent)
  • Disputes between business partners
  • Landlord/tenant issues

If an agreement is reached, the mediator will draft a “Memorandum of Agreement” documenting specific agreements made by the parties. If no agreement is reached, parties still have the option of court action.

Mediation at Law Office of Kelli Y. Allen, PLLC

Attorney Kelli Y. Allen is a licensed and practicing attorney but will not be serving in the role of an advocate for any party during the mediation process. She will be able to answer legal questions that arise during the mediation process, such as explaining the law and how it would apply to the facts, but will not give either side legal advice.

Kelli Allen is uniquely qualified to assist families in navigating issues dealing with long-term care planning, care of an elderly family member, need for facility placement, division of responsibilities among family members, guardianship, and other issues requiring cooperation and communication between family members.

Professional designations & memberships pertaining to mediation:

  • National Professional Certification in Mediation
  • Member of National Association of Certified Mediators
  • Member of American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member of National Association for Community Mediation

The staff at Law Office of Kelli Y. Allen, PLLC is very down-to earth, warm, and friendly and their approach to mediation is non-intimidating in order to put all parties at ease. We will listen very attentively to gain a full understanding of each party’s needs, concerns, and expectations and strongly believe in a collaborative process where everyone works together to find a “win-win” solution.

At Law Office of Kelli Y. Allen, PLLC, we make sure everyone is treated with respect and has a full opportunity to be heard. To learn more about our process, call (704) 870-0340.

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