Helping People in Buffalo and Across Western New York Save Time and Money Through Mediation
Alternative dispute resolution services in Erie County and Niagara County
In any relationship, disagreements are inevitable. Whether between business partners, neighbors, friends, family members or between an employer and his or her employee, human conflict is a natural part of life. Some of these disagreements can be so serious and so deep that only an outside neutral party can effectively assist to resolve them. At Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman, LLP, we believe that mediation is an exceptional way to resolve conflicts — whether the conflict arises from a business or commercial dispute within a company or between companies, a family or estate issue, a workplace conflict, a will contest or practically any other disagreement.
Mediation is a process where parties to a legal dispute sit down with an impartial third party who helps them talk through theissues of the situation and attain a beneficial agreement and result that everyone can live with. Unlike in litigation or arbitration (where a judge or an arbitrator makes the decisions), in mediation, the parties, with the mediator’s assistance, make all decisions about how to resolve the issues.
It is almost always less expensive, less time consuming and more satisfying than litigation. The mediator helps parties negotiate in a more healthy, productive and collaborative manner than they might do without a mediator at the table.
Mediation is available for a variety of disputes
Sometimes mediation is used to resolve an already pending lawsuit; other times it is used before a lawsuit is even started. It may even be used in community and public policy disputes. Parties are free to bring their attorneys with them to mediation although sometimes parties come without attorneys.
Everything said during mediation is confidential, which protects a party’s statements from being used against them should the mediation not result in a settlement and the matter goes to court. Mediation can also provide certainty of result with a resolution rather than having to be exposed to the risks of rolling the dice in front of a judge or jury.
A satisfying result
In our experience, parties that mediate report greater satisfaction with the process and the results than parties that go through litigation. The attorneys at Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman, LLP have also found that mediation is much less likely to harm any relationship that disputing parties could benefit from after the dispute, whether those be business, family, community, workplace or organizational relationships.
Leading Erie County and Niagara County in mediation of disputes
Since 1976, Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman, LLP has been the law firm people trust in Buffalo and across Erie and Niagara counties. We provide mediation services throughout the entire Buffalo area. Although our main location is in Kenmore, we can arrange to travel to other locations to handle the mediation of disputes. If you believe mediation is right for you, please contact us at 716-873-6765 or contact us online.
For more information about mediation, we recommend reading Mediation — The Wise Alternative.
Our office is open from 8:30 to 5:00 Monday through Thursday and 8:00 to 4:00 on Fridays, or you can reach us by phone any time — seven days a week.
Recent Blog Posts
The Buffalo News reaches out to Steven Sugarman for Advice on Dealing with Disappointment and Managing Conflict Now that the 2016 Presidential Election is Over
Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
Attorney and mediator Steven Sugarman provides his advice about how to deal with contrary opinions during a divisive election in "Tips on surviving Tuesday's election, from an etiquette expert, a divorce mediator, a boxing referee".
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
Pusatier, Sherman, Abbott & Sugarman, LLP partner Richard Abbott, Esq. and associate Audrey Rose Herman, Esq. volunteered for the recent Elmwood Village Festival of the Arts, a local non-for-profit.
Steven Sugarman Coaches University at Buffalo Law School Students To Great Success in International Competition
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
The University at Buffalo School of Law’s CJ Cook and Joe Lavoie took second place at the Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition in Vienna, Austria. They were coached by professor and professional mediator Steven R. Sugarman, Esq. They credit their success to their ADR classes at UB, their training with Professor Sugarman, and the intensive workshop at the competition.