Mediation 2021-05-05T16:29:08-07:00

Mediate to gain clarity and create new opportunities.

Conflict surrounds us daily and in varying levels. Most of it is more annoying than anything else and we quickly return to our customary level of living. In the same way, an unsettled quarrel or dispute can unbalance our condition of normalcy and become emotionally debilitating and costly. Mediation is dispute resolution process where parties try to work through their differences with the help of a neutral third-party a mediator.

Welcome. My name is Wayne Kosaka and as a certified mediator for over 15 years, I have been assisting parties’ resolve their issues by advocating respectful and productive interaction. It is not uncommon to see parties who are unable to communicate with each other, have a low level of trust or have different and competing ways of doing things. This is all perfectly fine. We all have our own ideas and opinions what make sense and fits into our daily lives. However in mediation, respecting those differences and setting aside a winner takes all attitude to find a middle ground is what makes for a successful outcome, a Win-Win for all parties.

Mediation is private and confidential. You will:
+ Have ample time to discuss your issues
+ Clarify your goals, needs and priorities
+ Express how this has affected you
+ Regain your balance and sense of control
+ Explore new ideas and possible options
+ Formalize the final agreement together

Are there other uses for Mediation? Yes
People often think that the single purpose of mediation is to resolve a conflict. While this is true, mediation serves several other purposes:

Sometimes parties are just not ready to mediate.
But what is really needed is a way to restart communication that has broken down causing the stalemate.

Sometimes it is to get everyone in the same room at the same time.
So everyone can focus on the issues without interruptions.

Sometimes mediation is used to reset parties.
Even if they are already in litigation. For example, one side may simply have a change of heart or see the merits of the case differently and want to resolve matters in a more private setting.

This is your chance to:
+ Better understand the other party
+ Reestablish consistency and expectations
+ Preserve an important relationship
+ Save time and money
+ Protect your investment, your image and your credibility
+ Move on with your life

It really does work
The American Arbitration Association reports that over 85% of all mediation cases result in settlement. This is an astoundingly high number, showing that months, if not years, of litigation can be prevented if the parties are willing to work out their differences through mediation.

Zoom meetings
In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, the initial preference and comfort level among clients has been to convert in-person to online mediations. It is often not realistic to put a dispute on hold and Zoom provides a viable option. I will guide the interaction and communication between the parties during the mediation.

Fees
As we all deal with the effects of COVID-19 and work our way through this devastating pandemic, I have decided to waive the case preparation and the 3-hour mediation fee indefinitely. Hopefully this will be an opportunity to find relief and closure so one can move on with their life.

Please contact me at wayne@waynekosaka.com for more information.

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