A process of resolving disputes in which a trained, neutral facilitator (mediator) helps the parties work out solutions and agreements together. The mediator cannot give either party legal advice, strategize, or advocate for either side. If each party is consulting with a lawyer, their respective lawyers may or may not be present at the mediation sessions. If the lawyers are not present, the parties can consult with their respective attorney between mediation sessions. When an agreement is reached, the mediator may prepare a draft of the settlement terms for review and revision by both parties and their lawyers. If mediation doesn’t result in a settlement, the parties may choose to use their consulting attorneys in litigation, if they and their lawyers agree.