Did you know that, according to a group with the Florida Bar, mediations by Zoom are now the norm? We should all get used to it. Many have successfully conducted remote mediations, with the parties saving money and time and the Court adopting reasonable agreements. Let us explore more about remote mediation and how it can help all of us now and in the future. 

In a mediation, parties and their lawyers meet with a neutral third party, the mediator, in order to negotiate the terms upon which to settle a dispute. The mediator facilitates the parties in finding common ground in order to reach a mutually acceptable resolution to all issues involved. Mediation can be a great way to find common ground and avoid the often harsh, costly, and time consuming impacts of having to go to court. 

In the time of COVID-19, remote mediation provides the added benefit of avoiding the risk exposure to the virus as it enables you to remain socially distanced in your home. With COVID-19 continuing to remain a prominent threat to many in the United States, virtual meeting solutions, such as remote mediation, may be critical in allowing people to proceed in legal matters while remaining safely at home. 

To help set yourself up for a successful remote mediation, preparation can be key. Take steps to ensure all parties involved are fully briefed on the issues prior to mediation. Additionally, evaluate and work to resolve any logistical and technological concerns. This may include reviewing key aspects of how Zoom or another platform works. For example, clients should be aware of how to privately “sidebar” with their attorneys during the mediation.

Both Joe Boyd and Rob Boyd are doing online mediations in marital law, real estate law, business law, and probate law. Should you require legal assistance in these types of matters, please contact our office to schedule a meeting today.