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Scott M. Strickler and Geoffrey S. Platnick

12505 Park Potomac Ave.

Potomac, MD

20854

gplatnick@shulmanrogers.com

301-231-0927

www.ShulmanRogers.com

Q: Is it better to settle a case through mediation or litigation?

A: The best way to settle any case, inside or outside the courtroom, is to be better prepared than the other side. We believe in strategic rather than reactive thinking whether preparing for mediation or trial, recognizing that every case is different and that a tactical approach is critical. Every decision made on behalf of clients must be calculated to achieve their ultimate goals, and being prepared for litigation enables a client to feel confident in approaching an alternative dispute resolution process like mediation. Resolving a case in mediation makes it possible to include terms that are outside of the court’s authority, including structuring financial settlements in tax-advantageous ways or including specific provisions for children, such as college funding or life insurance coverage.

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