What to Consider before Choosing a Mediator
The first thing you should consider when choosing a mediator is referrals. Referrals play an
important role in helping to choose the best mediator. Word of mouth will greatly help you in
your search for the best mediator you can find. You can ask your friends and family for referrals.
Your friends and family will refer you to the best mediator they know. They will recommend
you to someone they have worked with directly or indirectly. You will be able to obtain
suggestions for mediators who are excellent in doing a specific case. You can get a suggestion
from the attorney who is handling the case, although he might not be the best mediator there is.
So, it is good that you be open minded and keep your ears open at all times whenever you are
around people who might know some of the mediators that are available. The referrals you get
from different people who have had favorable experiences from certain mediators can also have
a great impact on who you choose to be your mediator.
Another important thing to consider is the experience and background of the mediator. The
experience of the mediator is a very important aspect that you need to know. Having a mediator
who has been in this industry for a long period might prove to be the best decision you make.
Serving in this kind of job for long shows how much experience you have and this means that
you do your job well. If in your case you have an issue in a specific area, it would be better for
you to ask if the mediator has had past experience in that particular issue. If he has had a similar
issue that he had previously dealt with, it will be an advantage for your case because he can
relate to the issue. Equally, you should do a background check on the mediator you want to work
with. Mediators have specified in different fields of work. Hence, it should be upon you to
research on areas the mediator has specialized. This will help in your case incase you dealing
with the same issue that the mediator has expertise on.
One needs to know the mediator fee beforehand. An advantageous aspect of mediation is that
they are cost effective and they help resolve your dispute. You should know how much the
mediator is charging you for his services. some of these mediators have their prices fixed and
therefore you should know that is the amount of money you are willing to spend on them. You
should have your mediator fee budget planned on time so that you can easily get the one who
will work within your budget limit. You can also the price range from different markets available
for mediators. This way with the rate, you will avoid being overcharged for these services. you
should also factor out the fact that someone who is offering his services for a very low amount
might not be the best mediator for, his work might not be satisfying. Therefore, you should
always go for quality.