If I mediate, do I still need an attorney?

If you mediate, an attorney is not required. However, if you have an attorney, it’s important for your attorney to come to mediation with you. Your attorney will be able to offer you legal advice and his or her opinion during the mediation. However, if you do not have an attorney, a mediator is not allowed to offer you an opinion, or offer you advice. If the mediation is not successful, then you will have to go to trial. And at that point, you may or may not choose to have a lawyer.

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Jean M. Dwyer | 386-871-4438 | 170 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, Florida 32176

Jean M. Dwyer is a Certified Family and County Court Mediator, Certified Circuit Court Mediator and an approved Appellate Court Mediator. Jean Dwyer graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 1990 and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991. From 2000 to 2006 Ms. Dwyer served as the General Magistrate and Child Support Hearing Officer in the Seventh Judicial Circuit covering Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns County. Her duties as a General Magistrate involved presiding over Family Law and Dependency matters. Prior to being appointed the General Magistrate she served as a Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer. Since 2008 Ms. Dwyer has served as the Special Master in Code Enforcement Hearings for the City of Ormond Beach and presently serves as the Chair for the Ormond Beach Neighborhood Improvement Advisory Board.

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