Try to Mediate

Related Ads
Need Professional Help? Talk to a Lawyer
Enter Your Zip Code to Connect with a Lawyer Serving Your Area
searchbox small

Engaging in mediation is frequently beneficial to the defendant, because mediation tends to encourage a compromise settlement for a lower amount than the plaintiff has demanded. In addition, mediation gives the defendant a chance to raise issues that would not be considered relevant by a small claims court judge. For example, in a dispute between neighbors, local businesspeople, or relatives, mediation affords an opportunity for both legal and emotional concerns to be raised and dealt with. (See Chapter 6 for more on mediation.)

Ask the small claims clerk for help setting up mediation. Mediation of small claims cases works in various ways in different states. In many it can take place in the courthouse itself and is encouraged by the small claims court. In others, it's available at a nearby community mediation project. Ask the small claims court clerk where mediation is available in your area. Then, if necessary, contact the mediation project and enlist their help in bringing the plaintiff to the table.

by: Ralph Warner

Get Informed
Empower yourself with our plain-English information
Do It Yourself
Handle routine tasks with our products
Find a Lawyer
Connect with a local lawyer who meets your needs
The fastest, easiest way to find, choose, and connect to small claims court lawyers
LA-NOLO5:LDR.1.5.0.20140409.25642