Los Angeles, CA asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for California

Q: I went to mediation and we signed code1123ccp sect664.6 i feel it is not what I want the next day can back out

I do not like the agement that was made, can I get out of it I won’t to go to trial instead

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N. Munro Merrick
N. Munro Merrick
  • Arbitration & Mediation Lawyer
  • Del Mar, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: I do not know exactly what you signed. You appear to prefer going to trial. Perhaps you do not understand what mediation is.

I presume you would agree that if you have a dispute with someone, you try to settle it. You negotiate. If that does not work, the next logical step is to hire someone to come and listen to both you and your adversary, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your case and his. This person would work with each of you to discover a solution that is acceptable to both of you. He will not decide the case for you. If you cannot reach an agreement, there is no settlement and you can go to trial.

But if you reach an agreement in mediation, you have saved yourself substantial sums of money, time, and stress.

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