There is no charge for your initial phone consultation with Program Director, Michael Herman.
Often, people are intimidated by the legal world because the system and the language associated with it can seem complicated. Therefore, when we founded Why Litigate, our first commitment was to put our clients at ease with the process so they can confidently work through their issues and feel comfortable asking questions about how things work.
If you are involved in a legal matter and want to explore alternatives to litigation with us, we make it simple:
- First, contact Michael Herman, our Program Director, by calling 508-752-0018. Michael, who worked in the Worcester Probate and Family Court for 38 years, is skilled at asking the questions needed to determine how we can assist you.
- Once you and Michael have discussed the information pertinent to your case, he will decide which member of our team is best suited to assist you; this will either be an attorney or a retired judge.
- Next, he will schedule a meeting between you and that member of our team. At that meeting, you and the person assigned to your case will review the facts to facilitate the best resolution of your case.
Services to Best Suit Your Needs
Most people choose dispute resolution over litigating through the courts because they want to achieve one or more of these goals:
- Reduce the emotional stress a trial can have on their family and/or themselves
- Minimize the time it takes to resolve matters through lengthy court proceedings
- Reduce the cost associated with legal fees due to lengthy court proceedings.
At Why Litigate, we offer three dispute resolution options – mediation, conciliation, and private adjudication. Our experienced team will help you choose the one that best suits the circumstances of your particular legal situation so you can get your life back in order quickly.
Mediation is a process in which an experienced attorney or retired judge assists the parties to clarify their issues, discusses options for resolution and seeks to obtain a settlement that is acceptable to both parties irrespective of the strengths and weaknesses of their case. Learn more here
Conciliation is a process in which an experienced attorney or retired judge assists the parties in settling their case by clarifying their issues and assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each side of the case. If the case is not fully settled by conciliation, the attorney or retired judge helps the parties explore the steps which remain to prepare their case for trial. Learn more here
Private Adjudication is a process in which an experienced attorney or retired judge renders a decision after hearing the parties’ respective positions and reviewing evidence. The process may take place through a formal hearing with the presentation of evidence, or in a less formal hearing with the facts presented through the parties or their lawyers. Learn more here