As part of a video series on mediation, Pennsylvania trust mediator David M. Frees, III answers the common question of whether the mediator should be a psychologist or an attorney.

Choosing the right mediator is incredibly important and is one of the major aspects of reaching a successful resolution. While psychologists and lawyers often bring different, valuable skill sets to the mediation process, choosing one over the other depends on a couple of factors.

If you are considering using a psychologist, it is important to ensure that the psychologist has knowledge of the relative merits under the law of the claims made in the dispute. While psychologists are very skilled at family dynamics, make sure that they also have experience and knowledge of the law.

On the other hand, if you are considering an attorney, make sure that he has experience bringing mediations to a successful conclusion. Knowledge of the law alone will likely not be enough to resolve the disputes.

The ideal mediator will be a skilled arbitrator who has both knowledge of the law, as well as an understanding of how to bring family members together. 

If you are looking for a mediator like this or if you have any other questions, call Mr. Frees today at 610.933.8069.

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