Do I Need a Lawyer for This?
Typically, a lawyer isn’t required or even allowed in traditional voluntary mediation. For court-ordered mediation or case evaluation, a lawyer isn’t necessary but can be very helpful, especially for case evaluation. One of the things that makes traditional voluntary mediation so attractive is that you really don’t need a lawyer. You can easily and effectively represent yourself in the traditional mediation process. The only outside party you’ll have to pay is the mediator, and you might not even have to do that. You might be eligible to use free community mediation services, which brings your out-of-pocket cost to zero.