Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution method where parties attempt to resolve their dispute with a mediator. Mediation is preferred when the parties want to continue relations, control the dispute resolution process, or maintain their privacy. The mediator attempts an informal disclosure of information and an understanding of each party’s position to move them towards a mutual resolution or settlement of the dispute. An attorney can provide advice during the process and help uncover or assess facts for use at trial if mediation fails.