The Role of The Mediator
Mediators are unbiased. They don’t take one side or the other. They simply listen to the facts, and they are trained to do so. They are not allowed to give any advice, which is why the mediator can’t be the attorney for either party. An attorney can be a mediator, but they cannot have any ties to either party. The mediator will allow the parties to exchange information, talk, and work toward a solution that suits them both.
The Role of Your Attorney
Typically, your attorney attends the mediation session(s) with you, but this is entirely up to you. Their role is to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the mediation process. Your attorney is an advisor that can provide the guidance to you and to the process during and in between sessions, as well ensure that solutions and agreements comply with Minnesota law.