When a dispute arises between neighbors, landlords and tenants, business partners, or other parties who do not need or want a drawn out legal battle, mediation is a good way to handle the issue. In mediation, the parties choose to work together to find a viable solution satisfactory to everyone.
It is not necessary to be represented by a lawyer when entering mediation. However, consulting with A Long Beach lawyer who believes in the mediation process can be beneficial by serving as your mediation coach, avoid legal issues from cropping up later, and by protecting your rights.
In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.
A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:
Depending on your specific legal situation, it's possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.