It immediately puts you in control of both the dispute and its resolution.

The law mandates it and the courts encourage and endorse it.

Through it you can communicate in a real sense with the other side which you may not have done before.

The process is confidential, the procedure is simple and the atmosphere is informal.

It is voluntary and you can opt out of it at any time if it does not help.

It saves precious time and energy.

It saves costs on what usually becomes a prolonged litigation.

It shows you the strengths and weaknesses of your case which helps realistic solutions.

It focuses on long-term interests and helps you create options for settlement.

It restores broken relationships and focuses on improving the future, not on dissecting the past.

You opt for more by signing a settlement that works to benefit both you and yours opponent.

At the end of mediation you can actually shake hands with your opponents and wish them good health and happiness.