How to Train Your Attorney – Tip 3: Require Early Mediation
I previously posted about the use of early mediation as an important tool for significantly lessening a client’s overall legal costs. Further, in many cases, it will fall upon the client to initiate a discussion about this course of action. Many attorneys will resist, saying they need to initiate discovery to fully understand the case and assess liability, and without this discovery mediation is a waste of time. I couldn’t disagree more. I personally have seen many hard cases settle (that I thought had no chance to settle) from early mediation. If you take this step seriously, and find a great mediator, for a small upfront investment, you can save boatloads of time, effort and money.