How it Works

The Beeline Mediations Settlement Process

Beeline Mediations uses an innovative process to help you resolve your problem. We are available whenever you are.

First, we use modern technology – such as Zoom and Google Meet to help you try to resolve your dispute on terms you agree to. 

Second, it is very important to know that you will not have to see your opposing party unless you want to.    

If you and your opponent agree to use Beeline Resolutions, the mediator will review your preliminary statement regarding the dispute. 

The mediator does NOT tell people what to do or give legal advice. The mediator helps people look at all the solutions that might work to solve your dispute and the consequences related to making a particular decision. The mediator knows how people can make the best decisions for their particular situation. Settlement is your decision. You have no obligation to settle your dispute and we do not guarantee results. 

During the mediation, the mediator will give an opening statement that explains the process. This is the same message that will be given to your opponent but it will be separately provided to you and your opponent.

An outline of the virtual settlement conference is then set.  This is the longest period in which the mediator is expected to speak and throughout the mediation he or she will encourage the parties to try to reach a good faith settlement.  All conversations and materials presented in the mediation session are confidential unless you agree otherwise.

Problem Determination: 

During this stage, each party will separately tell the Mediator the facts and circumstances that led to the dispute. Issues will be identified and summarized in your preliminary statement and privately during the mediation.

Generation of Options and Alternatives: 

You and your opponent will participate in separate virtual sessions  with the mediator, and identify issues related to your requirements for settlement. The mediator may summarize the results of the private sessions with each party and encourage options. A realistic assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of each party’s own position will be the goal of this stage.

Negotiations and decision making by the parties will continue unless the mediator declares an impasse and recommends that you terminate the mediation or continue the mediation in a subsequent session.

Clarification and Agreement Writing: 

Our goal is to help you settle your dispute. This does not always happen. But if you successfully settle your dispute, the terms of any settlement will be written by the mediator. If legal counsel is not present, the parties may elect to have the document reviewed by counsel and signed at a later date.

PENALTIES FOR FAILING TO REACH A SETTLEMENT?

There are no legal penalties for failing to settle at mediation. This is a voluntary, but powerful, process.

You can file a lawsuit if you do not settle your case.  Again, our Mediators will do their best to help you settle your case, but this process is not binding and you can proceed with a lawsuit if you cannot settle your dispute.