Prepare Predictables. Leave Finished. Lose the Worry.

The odds of reaching agreement may not be fully bankable, but certain terms that you will deem necessary are.  

Come to mediation with a document in hand, and/or on a memory stick or thumb drive, that can either serve as a Settlement Agreement, itself, or provide terms which can easily be attached or incorporated into something drafted at the table.  

Leave blank lines, or even a blank page, to insert particulars.  Include terms that are yet to be determined as applicable, such as Older Worker Benefit Protection Act language.  It’s easy enough to strike them.  Have parties initial next to handwritten insertions or modifications.

It doesn’t have to be pretty;  just legible.  

It’s not a bad idea to bring a couple of copies so that everyone can read along at the same time.  In the end, you’ll have originals for each party to sign and keep, too. 

This simple preparation is guaranteed to offer the chance of saving yourself the worry (or actuality) of things unraveling between the end of a session and the exchange of a formal agreement, and eliminate the delay of finality.

About Maria Hanna Joseph

Maria Hanna Joseph is Principal of Joseph Mediation. Her 25 years of experience in employment law, include 16+ of work and mediating for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination which through which she has gained valuable insight into the MCAD, its practices and decision making. This, as well as her experience in plaintiff and defense litigation, with private and public sector clients, international and local business concerns, and in issues from harassment and discrimination, to noncompetition agreements, business operation, transgender workplace matters, retaliation and many others, lend her valuable perspective for understanding and mediating an array of legal and personal issues. In terms of volume, Maria has served more than 2,000 cases. Maria's practice has been honed with study of mediation at Harvard Law School's Program of Instruction for Lawyers, negotiation at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation, and in the disciplines of Transformative Mediation and Family/Domestic Mediation, which are significant assets in managing the personal nature of employment disputes, and conflict in general. Attorneys and parties know Maria as candid, pragmatic and persevering in her commitment to help them achieve meaningful settlements while keeping sight of their most important interests. The insight and creativity afforded by her experience and training are realized in the resolutions that manifest. These qualities, along with her demeanor and the trust she engenders, have earned Maria a reputation for being able to manage highly tense and fraught situations and individuals, and settle a wide variety of disputes and tough cases.
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