You can benefit from having an early mediation rather than waiting until just before trial. One advantage is that you give your perspective and understand your opponent’s. A big mistake in lawsuits is assuming you know what the case is really about. Take the situation of homeowners who hire a contractor to do build a house. If the contractor doesn’t complete the work according to specifications, the homeowners may conclude that they will certainly win at trial. Mediation may reveal a reason why the contractor didn’t complete the work. If there was granite underneath the ground and the contractor hadn’t agreed to do extraordinary work without extra compensation, this information would be most helpful.
Early mediation can show you what further information is needed to determine whether you are really right. It can show you what questions are important if you go forward. What are the factual issues? What are the legal issues?
You might be able to resolve the case right then. But even if you don’t, you have the opportunity to focus on what is important and save you time and cost throughout the preparation phase before trial.