What Happens Next? Steps 4 and 5

Step 4:  Mediation

Mediation is required in all filed cases that do not have agreement on all terms.  Mediation usually takes six to eight hours.  When the mediation process occurs in your case you will receive more information from us outlining its particulars.


After mediation, the parties often conduct depositions.  While it is frequently better to do depositions before mediation, many attorneys attempt mediation before deposition because  most depositions cause the parties to become defensive, argumentative and vengeful.  Depositions require coordinating a minimum of four parties’ calendars, causing it to be difficult to schedule.

The final two steps in the legal process involve the court trial.  Our next blog goes into greater detail on these steps, which may or may not be needed, depending on the case.