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Handling Small Claims Disputes through Mediation

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CO mediation attorneyWhen people fall victim to another party’s poor work or lack of repayment, they may feel like there is no one who will stand up for them or help them to hold the at-fault party accountable for their actions. Often, people in these cases choose to just move on from the situation instead of pursuing the compensation because they do not think it is worth the time and money of going through litigation and acquiring an expensive lawyer. Parties facing these types of disputes may benefit from collaborating with a trained mediator.

Types of Issues Seen in Small Claims Court

Small claims court allows for issues involving smaller amounts of money to be resolved in front of a judge without the stress and expense of pursuing a lawsuit in state court. In a small claims court within the state of Colorado, individuals may request compensation up to $7,500. Some of the most commonly seen issues handled in small claims court include:

  • Repayment of a loan
  • Debt that was owed but not paid
  • Damaged clothing due to alterations or cleaning
  • Failure to meet terms of a service contract
  • Failure to properly fix a car or appliance

Benefits of Mediation in Small Claims Disputes

Mediation allows for a third party to aid in the conflict resolution process.

As previously stated, small claims disputes involve cases with a relatively lower dollar amount. Because of this, it is often encouraged to handle such disputes through mediation. It is not unusual for a court to encourage or even mandate dispute mediation for this type of claim.

Mediation helps the parties involved in the dispute avoid the substantial time and money they would need to put into litigation, such as hiring a lawyer. Choosing the route of mediation for small claims disputes allows parties to arrive at a mutually agreed-upon solution. In some cases, this type of dispute is between parties who will have an ongoing relationship afterward, such as friends and family, and mediation allows for disputes to be settled in an amicable manner.

Mediation often helps parties to save substantial time throughout their dispute, often lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours.

It is important to note that mediators do not have the authority to impose a solution.

Contact Our Denver County Small Claims Mediation Team Today

Mediation is a wise alternative for individuals who do not want to pursue a larger lawsuit that would require litigation and potential publicity. For small claims disputes, mediation allows each party involved to forgo the necessary fees and time commitment of a typical lawsuit. At Pesch Law Office PC, we understand that every dollar counts. Our Denver mediation team can aid the parties involved in the dispute through conversations and help to form a solution that is best for both parties. To learn more about how we can help, call 303-567-7922 today.

 

Sources:

https://smallclaims.uslegal.com/small-claims-laws-by-state/colorado-small-claims-law/

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