Through collaboration and thoughtful communication in a welcoming, comfortable setting, George McMillan, Jr. conducts mediations that facilitate solutions reflecting the interests of all parties involved.
Mediation can be defined as “a confidential process in which individuals meet with a neutral party in an attempt to resolve disputed issues with the objective of reaching a mutually agreeable, workable solution.”
This alternative form of dispute resolution offers many benefits:
Voluntary: Unless court ordered, mediation is voluntary. Litigation is voluntary for the Plaintiff only and mandatory for the Defendant.
Empowers Parties: Parties have control of the outcome and all decisions made. With litigation, a Judge or Jury makes a binding decision, and parties lose all control over the final outcome.
Informal and Less Intimidating: Mediation is less formal than litigation. It is an informal process which can be adapted to meet the needs of the individuals involved in the dispute.
Private Rather Than Public: Mediation is confidential and private. Litigation proceedings are usually open to the public.
Saves Money: Mediation is much less expensive than litigation.
Saves Time: Mediation saves time and is not drawn out as litigation might be. It may take as long as a year just to get a court date, and multiple years if a case is appealed. When parties want to get on with their lives and move past the dispute, mediation can be a desirable as a means of producing rapid results.
Preservation of Relationships: Mediation can help preserve relationships. Many disputes occur in the context of relationships that will continue over future years. A mediated settlement that addresses all parties’ interest can often preserve a working relationship in ways that would not be possible in a win/lose decision-making procedure such as litigation. Mediation can also make the termination of a relationship more amicable.
We specialize in the use of mediation over a wide-range of disputes, including:
• Auto Accidents
• Civil Litigation
• Estate Litigation
• General Practice
• Personal Injury
• Medical Malpractice
• Wrongful Death
George charges a reasonable hourly mediation fee to be split between the parties. He can also charge by the half-day or day for a mutually-agreed-upon fee. In the event that mediation extends through the lunch or dinner hours, the Firm provides complimentary meals for participants.