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FAQ: Will I Need an Attorney?


Many participants in mediation find it helpful to consult with an attorney about the legal parameters of their dispute, and to factor that advice into their negotiations in the mediation. On the other hand, it is important to remember that consulting with an attorney about your legal rights, having an attorney review a draft agreement resulting from the mediation, or having attorney representation in the actual mediation sessions is truly up to you. The need for attorney involvement also varies depending upon the subject matter of your dispute. Peninsula Mediation & ADR has established a referral network of attorneys who are willing to review mediated agreements on a consultation basis, thereby eliminating the need for a costly retainer.