Brown Resolution appreciates your interest in our services and hopes that our website’s information is helpful to you. This notice helps avoid misunderstandings about Brown Resolution’s website, advertising, and services.
Use this site for informational purposes, not legal advice. This site does not form an attorney/client relationship with Brown Resolution PLLC or James Fearon Brown, Esq.
We respect and understand that your privacy is important to you. If you contact us, please remember that email is not a completely confidential method of communication. We will not release any information about you (including your email address) to any third party except (1) with your consent, (2) as required by law, or (3) to protect this website or our computers against electronic attacks.
Portions of this website may contain what is considered Attorney Advertising under certain rules of professional conduct, and prior results are not guarantees of future outcomes.
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No Warranty Regarding Website
Please be aware that this website is provided without warranty of any kind. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage arising out of or in connection with the use of this website.
Information Is Not Advice
Please use this website for informational purposes, not legal advice or other professional advice. This site provides information related to conflict, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). The information may help you improve your resolutions of tough issues related to disputes and conflicts, but may not reflect the most current developments in the law. While our goal is to make the information on this site useful, we make no warranties about the accuracy of the information. Please consult a lawyer for legal advice regarding your particular situation.
This website may discuss cognitive aspects of negotiations as part of explaining the mediation process. Nevertheless, please be aware that mediation is not therapy. For example, a goal of mediation is to reach an agreement that is acceptable to you. In contrast, a goal of therapy may be to reinforce desirable behaviors and eliminate unwanted ones. Although the skills of mediators and therapists may appear similar (such as both asking probing questions), consult with a therapist for any therapeutic needs. Brown Resolution’s focus is on helping reach creative agreements.
No Attorney/Client Relationship
James Fearon Brown is a certified mediator with the Washington Mediation Association and a licensed attorney with the Washington State Bar Association. When a mediator is an attorney, the attorney-mediator does not represent any of the parties to mediation. In addition, reading this website or contacting us does not form an attorney/client relationship between you and Brown Resolution PLLC or between you and James Fearon Brown, Esq. You have an attorney/client relationship with your attorney, not with the mediator providing you mediation services.
Self Representation – You Do Your Own Legal Analysis
Unrepresented parties are not represented by attorneys and are commonly called pro se litigants who represent themselves. If you are representing yourself, you are responsible for your own legal analysis.
All who handle their own legal representation must understand that a mediator is not a substitute for a lawyer, because a mediator does not give legal advice. Furthermore, any self-represented party does not have an attorney/client relationship with the mediator.
That being said, mediation with self-represented parties is common in many instances. Without telling anyone what to do, a mediator can help troubleshoot proposed agreements and help everyone understand their legal options and responsibilities.
Of course education is not legal advice, and it is still necessary for self-represented parties to make decisions based on their own understanding of the law and their own application of that law to their own situation. Self-represented parties must be willing to live with any mediated agreements that come from those unrepresented decisions.
Mediation Provides An Opportunity, Not A Guarantee
Mediation is often effective, but results cannot be promised or guaranteed. For example, conflict is an inevitable part of our lives, and there are many ways of dealing with it. Mediation is based on the principle of self-determination and offers the opportunity for a result that is satisfying to you. Unlike a court that reaches a decision for parties, a mediator helps parties reach their own decision. Ultimately, it is up to you to determine what agreement will satisfy your needs. We welcome mediating the most difficult cases. Nevertheless, a party may choose to leave the mediation dialogue before a satisfying agreement can be reached.
Certified mediators refrain from promises and guarantees of results between conflicting parties. While mediation provides an excellent opportunity to resolve conflict, please understand that Brown Resolution PLLC and James Fearon Brown cannot make any guarantees or promises about a result or outcome of mediation. Even though mediation is often found to be effective in the resolution of disputes, please do not interpret any of our provided information or advertising as a promise or guarantee that a certain result or outcome will occur through mediation.
Comments on Blog Posts May Be Edited
We value your thoughtful opinions and encourage you to add a comment to blog post discussions. Please do not be offended if we edit comments and posts to improve clarity or to keep out questionable material. We may even delete off-topic comments, though we have no duty to do so. Needless to say, this is a publicly viewable website so information about legal problems should never be placed in any website comments.
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