Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Civil Mediator’s Style


In the process of trying to resolve a dispute outside of court, the selection of the mediator is one of the most crucial steps.  Joseph Self is aware of the different styles that can be used in helping the parties bring the dispute to a much faster resolution. In most cases, the Fort Smith civil mediator can play a big role in whether the mediation succeeds or fails.  Mediators can be viewed as either an evaluator or a facilitator, depending on what is needed. The evaluation style involves presenting an opinion on the merits of the case or the merits of each position.  Joseph Self is careful not to talk down your case when meeting with the other party, but... Read More

Why Are People Reluctant To Consider Civil Mediation?


Despite the fact that mediation has become quite popular in recent years to resolve a broad range of civil issues, some people are still hesitant to give it a shot.  There are multiple reasons why people are not certain about the decision to move resolution forward with this alternative method, but far and away the most popular one is due to a perception that both parties are too far apart from one another. One party might feel as though the other side is being unreasonable, or perhaps both parties feel like there is nothing to be accomplished by negotiating because they perceive the ideal resolution as quite distinct from the other party. These reasons, however, are actually some of the... Read More