Arnold Swartz and Associates
Business and Family Mediation
Mediation is an effective method for addressing a variety of business-related matters, including:
- Negotiating an ownership and/or partnership agreement when forming a new business or professional practice.
- Resolving disputes between principals of an existing business or practice.
- Renegotiating aspects of an existing ownership and/or partnership agreement.
- Negotiating an amicable dissolution of an existing business arrangement when dissolution is a the desired outcome.
- Resolving conflicts between businesses.
- Resolving personnel disputes.
Mediation helps to establish and maintain successful working relationships. In today’s ever-changing business environment, the difference between success and failure is often a function of the quality of the relationships within an existing business as wells as between businesses.
Mediation has many advantages over traditional approaches, including the following:
- A “win-win” result is often achieved because the agreement is satisfactory to each person.
- New businesses can move forward more quickly as the principals have a clear, specific agreement about roles, responsibilities, goals and objectives.
- Existing businesses can continue to grow and thrive, no longer hampered by unresolved problems or unclear agreements.
- The parties ability to preserve an existing business relationship is enhanced.
- It is less costly and less stressful than other alternatives, especially litigation.
- A final settlement can usually be reached more quickly.
- It provides a more confidential, informal, convenient and comfortable atmosphere in which to address the decisions that need to be made.
The results stand the test of time. Research shows that people are more likely to follow through with a mediated agreement and are less likely to engage in future litigation.