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Have Yourself a merry mediation Settlement’s in sight From now on Our troubles will be out of sight Have yourself a merry mediation Enjoy the holiday From now on Our troubles will be miles away Here we are as in olden days Before a suit was filed Back to those who are dear to us A friend, a spouse, grandchild No more years spent in litigation We were smarter than To throw our time and…
A MEDIATION CAROL Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells Mediate, Mediate Mediate all day Oh, what fun it is to see The disputes go away Hey Mediate, Mediate Make nice, it’s Christmas time Or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa time Remember this smart rhyme Hey Mediate, Mediate, A way to bring folks peace Your settlement agreement Will be a masterpiece HAPPY HOLIDAYS! The post Happy Mediation Holidays first appeared on Snyder Mediations | Teddy Snyder.…
W-A-I-T: these four letters remind you to ask yourself Why Am I Talking? Silence is often your most effective negotiation technique.   Silence has two big benefits The first benefit of silence is to be better able to respond. Too many people come to mediation with their attitudes so entrenched that they don’t listen. You cannot successfully respond if you have not listened—really listened—to the opposing party. Do not multi-task. During a remote mediation on your…
It’s horror movie season. Maybe you like to get a good scare at the movies. That doesn’t mean your most challenging case should become a Halloween nightmare. You know which are your ugliest cases. Those are the ones where mediation can really help. You probably want to close those files before year-end. Finding a mutually convenient date for all participants can cause delay. Start the process to schedule mediation of those files now.   The…
The COVID-19 pandemic has made many things about our jobs more difficult. And yet, there is a silver lining when it comes to case resolution.   The inability to safely congregate has compelled lawyers and claims professionals to turn to video mediation. Some were surprised to learn the benefits. Among these are that people are more relaxed in familiar environments; they feel more in control. Less stress results in better negotiation. Pre-pandemic, the real decision…
Why aren’t your cases settling? In his book, How to Talk to Strangers, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell explains that we normally DTT, Default-To-Truth, when we receive communication. When we default to lies instead of to truth, we undermine our ability to get to resolution. The Litigation Defaults-To-Lies In almost every facet of our lives, most people take information at face value until something convinces them otherwise. Actually, it’s the only way a society can survive. Unfortunately,…
It’s summertime, and temperatures are high. So let’s look at a hot insurance coverage issue: business interruption caused by the coronavirus.  Do you know about the business interruption insurance coverage test case in progress in the United Kingdom? To create some consistency and avoid a litigation morass, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has brought a test case, something like a declaratory judgment. The FCA regulates the UK financial services industry. Their work includes protecting consumers, stabilizing the…
You have an opportunity. Right now. While you are working from home. While you are most likely to be able to reach people by telephone and actually engage in a discussion about pending claims.   Look over your file inventory. Which are the claims with high monthly expenses?  What about the old dog claims that have been around forever? Would you like to close that in pro per claim? Reach out to parties about settling…
Having trouble concentrating? Affected by shelter-in-place orders to contain the COVID-19, overlaid with curfews activated by civil unrest following the death of George Floyd? Join the club. For some cases, nothing is urgent right now. It’s easy to leave those cases on autopilot. What you focus on is what you get. If what you really want is to avoid the expense and stress that go with delaying case resolution, you need to align these: Thoughts: Concentrate…
Having trouble concentrating? Affected by shelter-in-place orders to contain the COVID-19, overlaid with curfews activated by civil unrest following the death of George Floyd? Join the club. For some cases, nothing is urgent right now. It’s easy to leave those cases on autopilot. What you focus on is what you get. If what you really want is to avoid the expense and stress that go with delaying case resolution, you need to align these: Thoughts: Concentrate…