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Benefits of Mediation

Reasons to Trust Our Family Lawyer in North Carolina

There are many reasons to consider mediation as an alternative to the traditional court process for divorce, child custody and other family issues. Fortunately, Hartsoe & Associates offers both Christian-based and secular mediation as well as arbitration services. Our family lawyers in Winston-Salem are dedicated to making this process as simple and stress-free as possible.

You may benefit from mediation because:

  • It can help you reach a better resolution – Mediation is geared toward compromise. Rather than battling over an all-or-nothing outcome, through mediation, you can work toward an arrangement that fits your needs, goals or values. This give-and-take often leads to more satisfying results in the long run. And because mediation isn't adversarial – meaning it's not "me versus you," but rather "us" – it preserves better relationships and promotes amicable decision-making.
  • You would be in control – With mediation, there's no obligation to agree to anything you're not comfortable with. You get to make the ultimate decision based on what's most important to you. If you don't reach an agreement, you can still choose to proceed with other forms of alternative dispute resolution (such as arbitration) or litigation. You can also resolve some issues during mediation while leaving others for later.
  • You don't need a lawyer – While you certainly can consult with an attorney about your rights and options, it's not required. Mediation isn't handcuffed to the formal rules and procedures of a courtroom. As a result, you can represent yourself much more easily in mediation than you can in court.
  • It's much less stressful than court – Few things are more nerve-wracking than seeing your finances, family, and property – virtually your entire life – laid out before a judge who will be making critical decisions about your future. Mediation allows you to sidestep the court process and instead reach your own resolutions through an informal and relaxing process.
  • It won't drain your pocketbook – Mediation costs only a fraction of full-blown litigation, putting money back in your pocket.

Ready to Explore Mediation?

Find out more about whether mediation is right for you. At Hartsoe & Associates, we offer both Christian and secular mediation services. Attorney R. Anthony "Tony" Hartsoe is certified as a family financial mediator through the state of North Carolina. He also has more than 50 hours of advanced training in Christian mediation through Peacemaker Ministries. With a well-rounded background in mediation, arbitration, and litigation, Mr. Hartsoe understands how to help families through effective problem-solving strategies.

To learn more about the many benefits of mediation, call (336) 390-4774 or fill out our online contact form. We are located in North Carolina and represent clients throughout the Piedmont Triad Area.

  • Tony will always be the person/firm on which we rely.

    “Tony has represented me and members of my family for over 10 years and we have always been so grateful for his work. His concern for the client become obvious as does his wealth of experience which allows him to guide you effectively. He will tell you what you need to hear, not just what you want to hear. When my sister and I attempted to deal with my dad's bank, after his death, we were being simply taken advantage of! Despite our appears and offers to resolve the matter, we could not bring the matter to resolution. Tony took the matter and it was handled, to our satisfaction, quickly and without any negative impact to us. From traffic violations to tax and estate planning, Tony will always be the person/firm on which we rely.”

    Michael B.

  • He's very honest about what your different options are, what the outcomes will most likely be

    “Great Lawyer. I hired Tony to represent me in a child custody case and was very satisfied with the results. He's very honest about what your different options are, what the outcomes will most likely be, and how much things are going to cost. Very experienced and very helpful. I will definitely look to him again if I ever have the need for another lawyer.”

    David

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    “Tony Hartsoe not only met those qualities, he also excelled and went above and beyond to make this path less challenging.”

    Turner T.

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    “Very helpful in explaining complicated legal procedures in an easily understandable way. I felt like Mr Hartsoe really had my best interest in mind.”

    Eric

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    “Mr. Hartsoe and his firm have represented my family on a couple of occasions. Not only did Mr. Hartsoe go beyond the call of duty, but so did the other Attorney and Staff in his office. My observation is that Mr. Hartsoe and his firm is based on very high ethics and morals. They truly treat you like you want to be treated. I highly recommend Mr. Hartsoe and his firm.”

    Jay

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    Christine

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    “I hired Rick Scott at Hartsoe & Associates for what proved to be a somewhat complicated divorce. He he was able to explain to me what I was legally entitled to, what the law required, what outcomes would be reasonable to expect, and what my options were along every step of the way. He worked hard to help develop a fair settlement offer. He is very knowledgeable and open to considering all possible solutions to a problem. Everybody in the office is responsive and courteous. I am glad that I chose to work with them and would recommend them to anyone who is unfortunately in need of a family lawyer”

    MH

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    “We sought Mr. Rainey to help to obtain a custody agreement for my child... He helped us achieve our goal and was open and honest in every answer he gave regarding my concerns. I had consulted with others who made it seem like some of my concerns were unwarranted and that some of my requests were totally unachievable but Mr. Rainey made me feel at ease and was able to explain things to me in a more 'caring' aspect even if the answer wasn't one I would've preferred to hear. I appreciate his methods and should we need to seek further representation I wouldn't think twice to retain him for my future needs! Thank you for all your help!”

    Steve G.

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    “Upon meeting Mr. Hartsoe he was very pleasant in his greeting. During the consultation he was straight forward, honest, and very easy to talk to. So far so good and I look forward to working with him and his team in the future!”

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    Connie