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When most people think of court cases, they think of dramatic scenes in courtrooms with two attorneys passionately defending their clients’ positions. While some cases certainly do make it all the way to the courtroom, however, there are plenty of cases handled every year that never even enter the courtroom.

What’s the difference? What determines whether or not a case will be held in the courtroom? The team at Deputy & Mizell, LLC is here to answer your questions.

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“Mediation” refers to the process of hiring a neutral third-party to oversee the legal negotiation between two parties. When both parties are able to work together in a cooperative manner, mediation tends to be the preferred method for several different reasons:

  • Mediation is generally less expensive.
  • Mediation typically takes less time.
  • Mediation is less stressful.
  • Mediation allows for the flexbility to adjust to the involved parties’ needs.
  • All proceedings remain confidential.
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Conversely, “litigation” is the official term for a trial or hearing. When the involved parties are unable to reach a cooperative solution with the help of their third party, litigation may be required. While necessary, litigation does have a few drawbacks:
  • Litigation is much more time-consuming.
  • Litigation costs a lot more.
  • Litigation is generally much more stressful.
  • Litigation requires involved parties to follow strict, specific procedures.
  • All proceedings go on public record and are accessible to anyone.
Deputy & Mizell Is Here To Help

Whether you’re looking at mediation or litigation, our trusted law firm in central Missouri is here to help. We have the experience you need to navigate every legal situation. We understand finances are frequently a major concern for people facing lawsuits, so we will always strive to handle our clients’ cases via the most inexpensive method possible. Give us a call to get started.

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