Mediation

Mediation is a non-binding process in which a trained mediator 1) facilitates communication between disputants, and 2) assists parties in reaching a mutually acceptable resolution of all or part of their dispute. In this process, the mediator carefully explores not only the relevant evidence and law, but also the parties' underlying interests, needs and priorities. The mediator is not the decision-maker and does not resolve the dispute -- the parties do. Mediation is a flexible, informal and confidential process that is less stressful than a formalized trial. Parties are encouraged to bring their attorneys to the mediation to assist them. The mediator, when acting in that capacity, cannot give legal advice. Mediation can be arranged by agreement of the parties or pursuant to a court order. Most Texas judges encourage, and often order, parties to participate in mediation prior to trial. 


Jack Hardin is qualified to serve as an impartial third party in alternative dispute resolution procedures, including mediation, in civil and family matters pending in Texas courts pursuant to the requirements of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, and is a listed Alternative Dispute Resolution Provider with the United States District Court for the Southern Distict of Texas. Mediations may be scheduled for 1/2-day, full-day, or multiple-day sessions at per-party fees on a sliding scale depending upon the amounts in controversy.


For further information about mediation services, call (713) 667-0222 or Email jack@jackhardin.com