Do I need to have an attorney before I hire a Mediator or if I already have a good Lawyer why do I need a Mediator?

You do not need an attorney before you hire a Mediator. If you have a good lawyer, a Mediator can help you and your lawyer to effectively analyze all settlement possibilities. Good lawyers generally welcome the participation of a neutral Mediator to help examine both the strong and the weak parts of your arguments. In either case, mediating a dispute before litigation has been initiated or as soon thereafter as is possible, will enhance the probabilities of a successful mediation. Once a tentative agreement has been reached, you should always be afforded the opportunity to consult your own counsel before you sign the final agreement.