Pennsylvania Mediator Discusses Whether Mediation is the Right Choice

By: Steve Lagoy Determining whether mediation is the right step in your estate, will or trust dispute can be confusing. Some people will automatically assume that court is the only answer. However, that isn’t always the case. You can ask yourself a few basic questions to see if mediation is right for you: Are you […]

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Delaware Clergy Abuse Cases To Be Sumitted to Mediation

By: Stephen P. Lagoy Facing 131 lawsuits filed by alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse, the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware filed for bankruptcy in October 2009.  In a breaking development that signals a desire by both sides to resolve the disputes quickly, the Diocese and abuse victims are reported to have agreed to submit […]

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Pennsylvania Mediator Explains the Mediation Process

By: Steve Lagoy If you are trying to resolve a legal dispute and negotiations have failed, you may need to turn to mediation as a solution. Unlike a judge or arbitrator who decides the winner and the loser in any given case, a mediator’s job is to help both parties reach a mutually beneficial resolution. […]

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Cookies And Compromise: The Role Of Food In Mediation

Author: Stephen P. Lagoy Anyone who knows me is aware of the fact that food occupies a fairly prominent position in my life. Even if you don’t know me, one look at my photograph ought to tell you that. For me (and I suspect the majority of people), food is not just sustenance. Food helps […]

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Give it Time: Tips for Mediating the Litigated Personal Injury Case

Personal injury lawsuits are a category of disputes marked by several unique characteristics that must be taken into account by the mediator. While the underlying facts may vary from case to case, the great majority of injury cases have much in common, starting with the dissimilarity of the parties. Plaintiffs come into the mediation having […]

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Terms of Art In Alternative Dispute Resolution

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” Romeo and Juliet (II, ii,1-2) Author: Stephen P. Lagoy While it may have worked with the Montagues, Juliet’s soliloquy doesn’t fit in the lexicon of Alternative Dispute Resolution. As an ADR Practitioner, I am surprised by the […]

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Pennsylvania officials seek mediation of Penn State University/NCAA dispute

Author: Stephen P. Lagoy Pennsylvania Senator Jake Corman and State Treasurer Rob McCord have asked Commonwealth Court to order mediation of their lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, in the hope of determining the use of Penn State University sanction funds as soon as possible. Their request was filed with the court came after […]

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Government Confiscates A Pennsylvania Family’s $80 Million Dollar Inheritance

Can the government confiscate a family inheritance of $80 million dollars?

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Video Report on Mediation of Will, Estate Contests To Save Money and Time

Mediation can save time, expenses, legal fees and costs while helping to
limit the damage done to family relationships through estate disputes.

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Video Reports On How To Use Mediation in Family Trust and Estate and Business Disputes

Mediator and Mediation trainer David Frees, JD discusses how and why
families should consider mediation rather than litigation of trust, estate, and family business disputes

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Chester County Mediator Explains Purpose of Caucus

By: Steve Lagoy During  a mediation, open discussions between both sides and the mediator are important elements of this process. But not all discussions happen with all parties present. Sometimes the most productive parts of mediation occur in private talks that are kept confidential by the mediator. After the mediator has gathered information in the […]

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West Chester Mediator Explains Mediation Basics

By: Steve Lagoy There are several advantages of mediation over traditional litigation in order to settle legal disputes. To find out whether mediation is the right approach for your case or to learn more about mediation basics, consult your attorney, and to hire a mediator, contact a Pennsylvania mediator. What is Mediation? Simply put, mediation […]

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Tips for a Successful Mediation

By: David M. Frees III & Steve Lagoy Once you have been acquainted with the basics of mediation, you can help to facilitate a settlement by applying some simple principles to the negotiation process. Although the mediator’s job is to guide the discussion and help formulate unique resolutions based on each person’s needs, as a […]

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