Lawyers and mediation
You do not need to have a lawyer to mediate. However, having a lawyer attend the mediation with you can be particularly useful when:
- A lawsuit has begun
- You feel the other party has more power or knowledge than you do
- The other parties involved in the mediation will be using lawyers, or
- The financial or other stakes are high
Whether or not you choose to have your lawyer at the mediation, it can be helpful to consult with your lawyer while you prepare for the mediation. It is also a good idea to get independent legal advice before committing to any settlement agreement. This is particularly important if your lawyer has not participated in the mediation with you.