Why Should I Use Civil Mediation in Fort Smith AR to Resolve My Contract Dispute?


People enter into contracts every day.  Sometimes these contracts use the same general terms and only substitute out a few to match the current agreement, such as model lease form or a purchase agreement.  When one of the parties does not live up to his or her end of the bargain, the other may decide to pursue a legal action against him or her.  However, civil mediation in Fort Smith Arkansas continues to provide an effective alternative to litigation.  More and more people are turning to Joseph Self for civil mediation in Fort Smith Arkansas and surrounding areas due to its advantages over traditional and contentious litigation.

When contracting parties become embroiled in a lawsuit, they quickly become enemies.  Any hope to amicably resolve the case is often lost.  Even if the parties settle before the case goes to trial, the fact that they were adversaries in a legal proceeding often tarnishes any hope of maintaining a business relationship.  In this manner, litigation often undermines relationships.

In contrast, mediation is a process that is all about the parties learning how to uncover the reasons why the dispute arose, how to communicate better and how to develop a solution to solve this problem.  The mediator is not a decision-maker like a judge is in a lawsuit.  Instead, he or she uses conflict resolution skills to help the parties see what their real interests are, so they can reach a resolution that they are both satisfied with.  Unlike litigation, there are several possible outcomes in mediation because the parties are only limited by their own imaginations.  Joseph Self knows how to help parties think of alternatives that might not be available in court.  The parties can agree practically on any terms instead of being bound to the terms of the original contract or a judge’s ruling that is restricted to the statutes and case law in a particular area.  In this way, they can often come up with a modified contract that better serves their interests, or ways to terminate the agreement in a manner that resolves any loose ends.