Here is a quick reference to some of the most commonly asked questions:

Q: Where will you conduct a mediation?
A: ADR will serve as a mediator in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale or Palm Beach.  We can host the mediation conferences at our offices in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  We will arrange for other neutral locations in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.  We will travel to a destination of the parties’ choosing.

Q: How long are mediations?
A: The length of time required for a mediation depends on the parties, the complexity of the issues involved and the impediments to resolution. Generally, mediations take the better part of the day. ADR will mediate no more that one matter in any given day. We encourage the parties and their counsel to realistically assess the issues at hand and to allow ample time to discuss these issues at mediation, work through possible resolutions and document the resolution in a binding mediated settlement agreement.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: Our fees are $300.00 per hour. Based upon our experience with the time necessary to fully and completely conduct business mediations, we have a three (3) hour minimum.

Q: Can you handle a three-party (or more parties) mediation?
A: Yes. ADR will address the mediation of disputes involving more than two parties without hesitation.

Q: Is mediation mandatory?
A: Mediation is a voluntary process whereby the parties have the opportunity to develop and reach agreement on the resolution to the dispute. While the way in which a party participates in mediation (i.e., there is no requirement to settlement) is voluntary, mediation may be required by contract or court order (i.e., mandatory by order or contract). In addition, if the dispute is a filed lawsuit, it is the policy in the Florida Court system to send all cases to mediation prior to trial. Therefore, during the litigation process, you will go to mediation.

Q: Is mediation confidential?
A: Atlass Dispute Resolution conducts all of its mediation conferences in accordance with the confidentiality provisions afforded to court ordered mediations under Florida law.  Confidentiality is one of the cornerstones to the mediation process that allows the parties to truly explore all avenues for resolution.