Serving Clients through Mediation in Civil Disputes
In regard to legal disputes, mediation is a route to settling issues between disputing parties outside of the courtroom. This is called an “alternate dispute resolution” process because it gives both sides the opportunity to voluntarily negotiate a mutually agreed-upon settlement as opposed to having the issue decided by a court. In today’s society, litigation has become rampant, clogging the courts, resulting in long delays for civil trials. These trials are extremely time-consuming, expensive, stressful, and their results are fraught with uncertainty. They leave all of the decisions regarding your issue to a judge and/or jury whom you have never met and do not know.
At Keith Morris Attorney at Law, we provide mediation services to clients facing various types of family and civil matters. Our attorney can assist you in devising a mediation plan, helping you to understand the process, how it works, and what to expect as the process takes place. Mediation occurs through various steps; we can act as your legal advisor throughout the proceedings. With 20 years of experience in negotiation, mediation, and litigation practice, we are well-versed in what it takes to complete a successful mediation process to resolve disputes outside of the civil court system. This saves you time, money, frustration, and worry.
How Does Mediation Work?
For some disputes, the only way to resolve them is through litigation. However, for many others, mediation can result in a faster route to conclusion that gives you a measure of control that you will not have in a courtroom. Mediation is a form of “supercharged” negotiation as it uses a trained neutral party whose job is to facilitate constructive communication between the disputing parties.
A multi-step process is generally used to structure the mediation process, such as making a clear statement of the problem, gathering information about the issues, clearly identifying the problems that are disputed by both sides, coming up with agreeable options, bargaining and negotiating solutions, and reaching a settlement that both sides can agree on. Throughout this process, both sides can meet privately with the mediator as well as jointly with all parties present.
At Keith Morris Attorney at Law, we can assist you in the mediation of conflicts, such as the following:
- Probate disputes involving family members and other interested parties.
- Will contests.
- Trust disputes, involving trust administration.
- Breach of fiduciary duty in civil matters, including business/commercial disputes.
- Guardianship disputes.
- Partnership disputes.
- Shareholder disputes.
- Business dissolution disputes.
- Noncompete violation disputes.
- Trustee disputes.
We can help you initiate the mediation of a civil case before any lawsuit is filed. This enables you to present your case to the mediator before the cost of litigation even begins. The mediation of a case is minimal in comparison to the expenses involved through all the phases of a lawsuit. Those costs can include jury fees, expert witness costs, court reporter costs, extensive attorney fees, and other expenses that could exceed the monetary amount that lies at the heart of a dispute. Furthermore, litigated cases depend on court schedules that take place over weeks, months, or even years, depending on the complexity of the case.
In cases where the dispute is not resolved through mediation, you will be advised as to your options. You may wish to take some time off and meet again at a later date, engage in arbitration if appropriate, or move forward to litigation.
Let Us Help You with Mediation
At Keith Morris Attorney at Law, we believe that mediation is a positive method that can be used to resolve disputes. Our firm is dedicated to helping you achieve favorable results through this alternative method.
Guardianship Case Case Won
Won trial to exclude wife to serve as guardian of gentleman she married that was at least twice her age.
Evidentiary Hearing Hearing Won
Won lengthy evidentiary hearing to prove client was not in contempt of court to avoid sanction or jail time.
Estate Administration Case Dispute Resolved
Successfully resolved case between two siblings fighting over cash and personal property of their father.
Estate Administration & Division of Assets Dispute Resolved
Resolved highly contentious ongoing dispute over father’s estate and division of assets between son and daughter.
Probate Case Successful Verdict
Obtained verdict for daughter that reunited with her father after being estranged and offered will for probate but was contested by her sister.
Multi-Million Dollar Trust Dispute Won Summary Judgment
Won summary judgment for prominent South Texas family in multi-million-dollar trust dispute over real property.
Multi-Million Dollar Estate Case Six-Figure Settlement Reached
Obtained six-figure settlement after jury was seated for adopted child in multi-million dollar estate case after adoption was disputed.
Multi-Million Dollar International Estate Settlement Reached
Successfully negotiated settlement between surviving spouse and foreign advisers in multi-million dollar international estate.
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With over 20 years of legal experience, Keith Morris has devoted his efforts to sharpening his skills in probate, trust, and estate planning and litigation.