"In most cases, mediation is faster, less expensive and less adversarial than going to court."
In mediation, an impartial mediator facilitates discussion between parties in a dispute to help them arrive at their own solution regarding the conflict. The mediator takes the parties through collaborative dialogue with the goal of achieving a mutually satisfactory resolution.
Mediation allows businesses or individuals to play a role in resolving their differences rather than submit to a decision made by a third-party. It can allow participants to identify issues, assess risks and costs associated with the dispute, and move forward with creative solutions.
In family disputes, it can foster mutual understanding free from threats or intimidation, help families manage emotions, and assist parents to protect and plan for the care of their children and themselves.
Taking a dispute to court is a costly and time consuming process. Arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution process where a neutral party reviews evidence presented by each party in order to make a decision which is legally binding.
The arbitration process is private and confidential. The parties can define the rules of the process. As well, the parties get the opportunity to speak for themselves and provide details relevant to the dispute.
Unlike mediation, in which the dispute can only be resolved if the parties agree, a final, binding decision is made by the arbitrator.
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Kevin is trained and experienced in helping people resolve conflicts using his commitment to fairness, a balanced approach and skilled communication. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, he is available to travel throughout Canada to assist with Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Through the ADR Institute of Canada, Kevin has been designated as a Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) and a Qualified Mediator (Q.Med). He is recognized as a Practicing Mediator by the Alberta Family Mediation Society. Kevin has also attended the Mediating Disputes Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School Executive Education.
Kevin has practiced law in Edmonton, Alberta since he was admitted to the bar in 1983. As a general practitioner with over thirty years of experience, he has practiced law in a wide variety of areas, with a focus on litigation of civil and family matters. He has participated in numerous mediations both as a mediator and as a legal representative for parties to mediation.
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