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Albin Yates Balius Roach, Attorneys at Law

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Erin, I just want to THANK YOU and your team for all the hard work that you have performed on my case. You are a very professional and prepared lawyer, but you mean a lot more to me for all your effort from day one and for everything you have achieved for my children and me. I will appreciate that forever. Again, thanks to everybody that participated on my case.

— B.H., Denton County


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Frisco and Plano Mediators

Our Mediators Help You Reach Win-Win Solutions

Mediation is an alternative to litigation that helps parties resolve conflict through formal negotiations. An unbiased mediator guides negotiations toward a win-win solution. Mediation is so effective that Texas courts often encourage or order parties to attempt a mediated resolution before setting a case for trial.

Albin Roach provides mediation services throughout Plano, Allen and Frisco. Our firm includes four mediators— Laura Roach, Jeffrey Yates, and Erin Bogdanowicz – who have extensive training in mediation methods. We can help you reach an equitable agreement to disputes involving:

  • Family law
  • Divorce
  • Child custody
  • Probate
  • Guardianship
  • Trusts and estates
  • Business
  • Breach of contract
  • Construction
  • Real estate
  • Insurance
  • Employment

Benefits of Mediation

Judges often order parties into mediation, or you may choose this method to settle your dispute because of its many benefits. Notably, mediation often:

  • Saves money — Mediation is typically less expensive than litigation. You can potentially save money in attorneys’ fees, discovery, trial preparation and court costs.
  • Expedites resolution — A packed Collins County court docket can cause serious delays in scheduling hearings or a trial, meaning cases can drag on unnecessarily. Mediation usually takes only one session, allowing you to reach an agreement in a timely manner.
  • Emphasizes cooperation — The mediation process is built on finding common ground and negotiating a fair resolution to your differences. This spirit of cooperation is particularly helpful to divorcing parents by building a foundation for future childrearing collaboration.
  • Preserves relationships — Litigation can permanently damage relationships that you might prefer to preserve — such as with a family member in a wills contest or with a business partner in a breach of contract dispute. At the very least, mediation typically minimizes the levels of hostility, resentment and stress that can arise during litigation.
  • Gives you control — You make the decisions during mediation, not a judge. You have the power to accept certain terms and to reject others. You can even walk away if negotiations stall. In the courtroom, the judge or jury decides your fate.
  • Retains confidentiality — Trial documents are usually public record. However, parties can agree to keep terms of the negotiations and settlement private.

The Mediation Process

Mediation takes place in our law office. Your attorney can represent you throughout the process if you choose. Parties can decide to enter mediation at any point — in lieu of a lawsuit or after you have already begun litigation.

During a typical mediation session, our Plano mediator talks privately to each party to determine where to focus the negotiations. The conversations are entirely confidential — our mediator is forbidden from disclosing information to the other party or to the court. The mediator then meets with both sides together to help you develop resolutions to matters in dispute. At the conclusion of a successful mediation, the terms of your agreement are drafted into a settlement contract.

Learn More About Using Mediation to Resolve Your Disputes

To learn more about the mediation method or to schedule a session with one of our Frisco or Plano mediators, call Albin Roach at 214-423-5100, schedule an appointment on our online form, or contact us online.