Gene Commander discusses in an excerpt below how a proactive and intentional mediation process that is conducted during the early stages of a dispute can save the parties time and money. A pdf of the full article, which was published in the Colorado Real Estate Journal, is available here

A prompt, cost-effective and well-reasoned settlement should be the winning strategy for all dispute resolution procedures. Experience tells us that nearly all real estate and construction disputes will settle prior to trial or arbitration hearing, and that tradition civil litigation and arbitration will, at some point, involve voluntary or court-ordered nonbinding mediation. So, it is often in the parties’ best interests to begin the mediation process during the initial stages of a dispute.