Mediation Services in Arlington, Irving and Throughout the Fort Worth Area
The lawyers at the Bob Leonard Law Group, P.L.L.C., in Fort Worth are all certified mediators. We provide professional mediation services for couples seeking to resolve property and/or custody disputes in divorce, or business parties involved in other civil dispute matters. We are highly trained and consider our mediation services to be a very important part of our success.
At the Bob Leonard Law Group, we speak mediation, write it, live it and breathe it. Attorney Marty Leewright wrote Dispute Resolution Texas Style, the official ADR booklet for the Texas State Bar. He has been a professional mediator since law school and has been teaching and writing about it for more than a quarter century. Mr. Leewright continues to teach mediation and alternative dispute resolution methods as an adjunct professor at a local law school, and was recently appointed to the Texas Supreme Court Task Force.
Every Texas Divorce Case Is Initially Referred to Mediation. What to Expect.
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which a certified mediator acts as a third party to facilitate negotiations between parties in the dispute. The mediator is not a judge. Parties may or may not be accompanied by their own attorneys to advise them about their decisions. Unlike arbitration, parties are not obligated to accept a settlement proposal that comes out of the mediation sessions. When parties sign off on the agreement, the mediator presents the proposal to the presiding judge to determine whether the language protects the rights of all parties involved. When the judge signs the settlement, it becomes a matter of court judgment, binding parties to terms.
Why Mediation? Don't Both Parties Lose?
It is a fallacy to ever think that one party will win everything in any litigation matter. Parties are not empowered when they take their case before a judge. The rules of evidence can be very limiting and restrictive. In fact, a common complaint that many parties have following a trial is that they were restricted in what they wanted to say or the evidence they were allowed to present. Often, the only parties that come out ahead in a court battle are the attorneys. Mediation allows the parties to have their say, as they present evidence in their favor to the other party for consideration and discussion. If you have an experienced mediator who can guide you through the process effectively and efficiently, it can save you wasted time and resources, finances and emotional energy.
Our service area includes communities throughout the following North Texas counties:
Tarrant County · Denton County · Parker County · Hood County · Ellis County · Johnson County · Wise County
From offices in Fort Worth, our lawyers provide mediation services for clients in such DFW cities as Lewisville, Irving, Grapevine, Colleyville, Bedford and North Richland Hills, Texas. Call us at 817-336-8500 or contact us by e-mail to arrange a consultation with an experienced Fort Worth mediation lawyer today.