Influences on Parties Involved in Commercial Contract Disputes in San Bernardino CA

When clients become involved in commercial contract disputes in San Bernardino California, there are usually two major issues to parse out.  The first is the real reason why the dispute is occurring.  The second issue is to determine the underlying influences that have affected the clients involved in commercial contract disputes in San Bernardino California.  Once the mediator identifies these issues, he or she can address them so that the parties can focus on the main issues.  Some underlying influences may include:

Personalities

The personalities of the litigants and the attorneys can have a significant impact on the parties involved in the dispute.  One party’s aggressive nature may cause the other party to respond defensively. The mediator can help adjust for this dynamic by funneling communications between the parties so their time together is limited.

Emotions

When people’s livelihoods and reputations are on the line, things can become heated.  There may be strong feelings on both sides.  The mediator can identify feelings of betrayal, disrespect and disappointment by empathizing with the party sharing this information and then can guide the parties back to the main reasons why they are at mediation.

Risk Tolerance 

A significant influence on the parties can be risk tolerance. If a party is financially stable and wants to assert its rights at trial, this party may be more likely to pursue litigation than accept mediation terms that it is not satisfied with.  In contrast, a small business that was not anticipating a legal fight may be more willing to use mediation to help resolve the dispute because it is a less risky prospect than having a decision made against it at trial.

Financial Needs and Limitations 

Similarly, the financial needs and limitations of the parties can affect them.  If the plaintiff needs funds more quickly than litigation would allow, mediation may be preferable.