MPI Generali reaches out to families via The Human Safety Net; Malaysian Chapter with Yayasan Generasi Gemilang

MPI Generali and Generasi Gemilang all geared up!

K.G. Krishnamoorthy Rao, CEO MPI Generali (center) with Riana and Kylie from Generasi Gemlang team. At the background, the children enjoying the arts and craft session with the volunteers.

Parents with Generasi Gemilang Trainer, Kai Shen discussing about children’s behaviours and discipline.

The program is meant to empower and equip families, especially parents, with skills that address their specific needs and concerns to improve parent-child relationship and family well-being.”

— K.G. Krishnamoorthy Rao, CEO MPI Generali

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, April 27, 2019 / — MPI Generali Insurans Berhad (MPI Gen) embarked on a global CSR movement known as The Human Safety Net (THSN); a flagship initiative by Generali Group to help some of the most vulnerable communities around the world.

In a recent Unicef report, parents in B40 communities spend an average of 48 working hours a week yet earn much less than an average worker. In order to make ends meet, they have to spend more time working to feed their families at the expense of spending quality time with their children.

In partnership with Yayasan Generasi Gemilang (Generasi Gemilang); a well-established Malaysian charitable foundation, the journey between MPI Generali and Generasi Gemilang began in 2018 when it was apparent that both parties shared the same values and passion to bring positive impact to such families.

“We want to build self-worth, purpose and values by equipping families with tools and knowledge to thrive. As the saying goes, ‘Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime’. We want to introduce a program which is long term and sustainable” quoted K.G Krishnamoorthy Rao, CEO of MPI Generali.

It is important to plan the approach to reach out to the community with the input and feedback from the local community, hence the volunteers from MPI Generali and Generasi Gemilang conducted a community needs assessment at the end of last year in PPR Taman Putra Damai. “Understanding the community needs and interest is key to building a successful sustainable initiative. From the assessment, we found that although most families physically spend time together at least once a week, two-thirds of the parents felt they needed to be equipped with parenting skills in the area of behaviour and discipline and more than half of them needed skills on how to communicate with their children better,” quoted Melissa Ngiam, COO of Generasi Gemilang.

“Families influenced by the Asian culture in general are not used to practicing open communication or affection. Through our sessions, we help families understand one another using simple yet meaningful activities such as identifying each other’s love language and encouraging them to put it to practice. After our sessions, a single mother who had a strained relationship with her teenage son began to put what they had learnt to practice. The mother began praising her son regularly whilst her son helped with the household chores as a way to show love to one another. Over time, their relationship has improved and they now communicate more,” shared Vicky Liew, Section Head of Family Services in Generasi Gemilang.

This year, the team had successfully reached out to an average of 45 families with 57 individual parents and 97 children with the Family Education program. “The program is meant to empower and equip families, especially parents, with skills that address their specific needs and concerns to improve parent-child relationship and family well-being” K.G Krishnamoorthy Rao mentioned.

“This is only the start, we have more planned over the next 3 years to ensure we are able to see real impact to the lives of families we have touched by working on interventions that focuses on communication, early learning, health, nutrition, safety and security“ added K.G Krishnamoorthy Rao.

MPI Generali Insurans Berhad, leads the THSN (The Human Safety Net) Malaysian Chapter in partnership with Generasi Gemilang with focus on family programs to empower underserved parents by giving support and stimulation to the children during their formative time of life.

About MPI Generali Insurans Berhad
MPI Generali Insurans Berhad (“MPI Generali”), is a strategic partnership between Multi-Purpose Capital Holdings Berhad, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of MPHB Capital Berhad, a public listed company on the Bursa Malaysia, and Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. (“Generali”), one of the largest global insurance providers with a rich heritage going back to 1831.
Established in 1973 and licensed by Bank Negara Malaysia under the Financial Services Act, 2013, MPI Generali’s core business is underwriting of general insurance business offering innovative insurance products and services to individual and corporate customers.

About Generasi Gemilang
YAYASAN GENERASI GEMILANG (GG) is a foundation committed to building a strong nation by raising exemplary next-generation and strengthening families. We believe that Love transforms lives; therefore our work inspires hope in people and empowers them to live life to their fullest potential. These people are children, youth, families, schools, corporations and community at large. Governed by a Board of Trustees, GG is based in the Klang Valley and conducts services throughout Malaysia. Formerly known as Persatuan Kebajikan Generasi Gemilang Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor, GG was incorporated as a foundation in December 2014.

About PPR Taman Putra Damai
Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) is a government program for the resettlement of squatters and residence requirements for low-income families. Located in the heart of Lembah Subang, PPR Taman Putra Damai (PPR TPD) is a low-cost housing area that spans across 8 blocks with a total of 3,000 units. At one point of time, this community was the largest PPR in Malaysia.

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Christian Faith Speaker Amy Blackwell Signs Book Publishing Contract with Creative Life Publishing

CEO Tricia Andreassen of Creative Life Publishing and Learning Institute

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Author and Christian Speaker Amy Blackwell

Author and Speaker Amy Blackwell

Christian Faith Speaker Amy Blackwell Signs Book Publishing Contract With Creative Life Publishing and Learning Institute with Tricia Andreassen as CEO.

My testimony proves that we are never too broken and hopeless for our Heavenly Father to come in and do a new work in us.”

— Amy Blackwell

CHARLOTTE, NC, USA, April 25, 2019 / — The debut book in the Christian Faith Genre for the female target audience is slated to be out late summer to early fall of 2019. The purpose of Blackwell’s first book is to share her personal story of overcoming life struggles and labels. “I want to show that no matter what or who you are, NOTHING can stop Gods plan.” Comments Blackwell. My testimony proves that we are never too broken and hopeless for our Heavenly Father to come in and do a new work in us. As I began to get help and let Him work in me the transformation happened. I also want to let the reader know that someone who lacks education and battles social anxiety can still make a difference.”

Creative Life Publishing and Learning Institute will distribute in hardcover and e-book format with an option for an Audio Book format to be released. “I heard Tricia Andreassen speak at the Global Media Summit in Dallas Texas on the topic, ‘Don’t let your Grandma’s receipt die with you.” In hearing this message I began to weep knowing that it was time for God to unlock parts of my voice and share what He had done for me. Releasing the shame behind abuse, financial loss, and almost having an abortion was not the testimony I wanted but this is the testimony I have from His grace and victory." Blackwell said in a statement. “This God-Inspired assignment to bring teaching and hope to women is bigger than a dream. It is my purpose.” Blackwell can be reached through her Facebook page at:

Creative Life Publishing's mission is to help writers unlock their voice, and discover the story within. The focus is to bring a message of hope, encouragement, leadership and faith, as well as life and business success strategies through the published word.The learning division is focused on providing educational resources to grow in multiple areas of life including: personal growth, parenting, dream building, business and marketing, faith and spiritual growth as well as writing retreats that help aspiring Authors become published. The Publishing company also works with seasoned Authors on how to effectively market their book through multi-channels such as how to develop online courses, podcasts,video production, TV and speaking content; pulling it all together for expanding their reach. CEO, Tricia Andreassen has a private coaching program for those who are wanting to become Best-Selling Authors and distribute their book through various forms of communication. Andreassen offers writing retreats, professional speaker content development workshops, as well as personal healing retreats focused on spiritual breakthrough. Book submissions are required through content review and private Author interview for integrity and personal integrity. Email or to inquire about Tricia Andreassen’s personal coaching, book content (keynote speaking) development, and marketing strategy services please visit

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How do you joyfully participate in the Universal All, in an infinity of time & space?”

— jimar

TROY, MI, USA, April 25, 2019 / — A MUST READ


Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers' Favorite

“No matter their creed, the reader is forced to examine themselves by looking closely into their beliefs and how they affect our fellow man. Jimar follows the path of the great men of ancient times in their efforts to understand and bring about human enlightenment. Jimar skillfully points out the many mistakes humans have made in the past and still continue to commit in present times.”

“I particularly enjoyed the many quotations from famous philosophers such as Plato and
Pythagoras. I learned a lot and remained with many questions that broadened my
understanding of myself and my fellow man.”

“I enjoyed this book a great deal and it would make a wonderful topic for friends to
discuss in a casual social setting. This is a book for everyone, no matter their religion.”

D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“The Jimarian Bible moves on to explore not only underlying purposes in human life on
Earth, but the perspectives of Judaism, Christianity, Taoism, and other major world
religions and their guidance on the subject.”

“As chapters unfold, a wide-ranging discussion of belief systems turns into pointed considerations of self and moves into wider concerns, from an over-populated world and the risks and rewards of parenting to human psychology, expanding the underlying probe (why humans are on Earth) to consider how people interact with the universe.”

“Enlightenment is not a process of speed-reading or quick absorption – after all, other religious documents receive lifetimes of inspection and consideration. The Jimarian Bible deserves no less, and will benefit from the open minds and hearts of readers intent upon changing not just their lives and perspectives, but their purpose on Earth.”

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You Need to Talk to Your 8-Year-Old About Pornographic Content Right Now

Kids, Sex & Screens

Kids, Sex & Screens

Dr. Jillian Roberts

Dr. Jillian Roberts



According to Child Psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts

Sex can’t be taboo or awkward for parents and kids to talk about. The risks are too high. If you’re not their source of information about sex, other kids or Google will be. ”

— Dr. Jillian Roberts

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, April 17, 2019 / — Dr. Jillian Roberts, one of Canada’s most notable and respected child psychologists has just released her latest book “Kids, Sex & Screens.” This book builds upon Dr. Roberts’ 7-Point Parental Compass and is written for parents of children ages 8-14 who are seeking ways to prepare their kids to face the new realities of sex that are far more complex than the birds and the bees. Dr. Roberts’ book helps parents start conversations about sexting, online adult content, online predators and other topics that parents themselves never had to deal with growing up.

Kids are being exposed to sexual content at a younger and younger age, whether through the Internet, advertisements, or interactions with their peers. When children are exposed to this sexual information without context, or images of a graphic nature, they can experience lasting psychological effects with deep-seated ramifications.

Kids, Sex & Screens explains in easy-to-understand language what exactly the psychological effects of that exposure can look like and offers parents the tools and expert advice on how to handle it appropriately. Weaving eye-opening accounts from her own counselling practice with up-to-date psychological science, Dr. Jillian Roberts gives a full-fledged accounting of our sexualized society. Dr. Roberts pairs this explanation with advice and concrete actions that parents of both girls and boys desperately need.

Writing with warmth and authority, Dr. Roberts has an important message for parents: you can mitigate the risks your child faces navigating a sensational and sometimes disturbing world so that they grow up healthy and strong. Using her "7-Point Compass" as a navigational tool, Kids, Sex & Screens helps parents make sure their sons and daughters mature in a manner that is age-appropriate in a "mature content" world.

Dr. Roberts’ 7-Point Parental Compass:

1. Start Early
2. Give Unconditional Love
3. Stay Current
4. Smart Boundaries
5. Nurture Relationships
6. Lose Stigma & Prejudice
7. Build Resilience

After 20 years as a child psychologist and researcher in human sexuality, Dr. Jillian Roberts has seen drastic changes in the challenge’s kids are facing today, versus the ones their parents faced. Technology has forever changed the sexual landscape, and kids aren’t ready for it. She has witnessed the trauma children experience when stumbling onto sexual content they’re not ready to handle. And now she sounds the alarm with her new parenting book, “Kids, Sex & Screens: Raising Strong, Resilient Children in the Sexualized Digital Age.”

Earlier this year, Dr. Jillian Roberts also published another title, “On the internet,” from “The World Around Us Series,” introduces children to the basics of online safety in a story-based, conversational style. Using real-world examples set within the context of a child who is using the Internet for the first time and watching an older sibling interact with social media, Dr. Roberts takes readers through several common scenarios around parental supervision, online bullying and anonymity. She also includes examples of people who use the Internet to make the world a better place. On the Internet addresses common safety concerns in a child-centred way and offers easy-to-understand rationales as to why it's important to maintain boundaries online just as in real life.

The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues that they may encounter outside their homes, in an accessible way. Sidebars offer further reading for older children or care providers who have bigger questions. For younger children just starting to make these observations, the simple question-and-answer format of the main text will provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject matter.

Dr. Jillian Roberts is already a best-selling non-fiction children’s author with two critically-acclaimed book series about talking to kids about tough topics: “Just Enough” for ages 3-6 and “The World Around Us” for ages 5-8. Another five titles in the World Around Us series will be published in 2019. On April 4, 2019, Family Sparks was awarded the "10 to Watch" award from Douglas Magazine.

“Kids, Sex & Screens: Raising Strong, Resilient Children in the Sexualized Digital Age,” is currently available for on Amazon, and is published by Fair Winds/Quarto. To learn more, please visit


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Dr. Jillian Roberts is a renowned child psychologist, author, professor and mother. She earned her Ph.D. at age 26, became an associate professor at the University of Victoria at 32, and shortly after became the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Education. During this time, Dr. Roberts also built a successful child psychology practice.

Considered a go-to child psychology expert for journalists, Dr. Roberts’ work has appeared in the New York Times and the Toronto Sun; she is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Global News. Her best-selling series of “Just Enough” children’s books that explain topics like birth and diversity to children ages 3-6 was released to international acclaim. Her new children’s series, “The World Around Us,” introduces children ages 5-8 to issues like poverty and body positivity.

In 2017, Dr. Roberts co-founded FamilySparks, a social impact, “10 to Watch” award from Douglas Magazine, winning company that offers families a supportive, resource-rich community to help them navigate our increasingly complicated world. To learn more, please visit or @thefamilysparks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Dr. Roberts currently resides in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada with her husband Stephen and their three children.

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Tricia Andreassen Book Hits #1 Best Seller and 4 Additional Best Seller Categories

Tricia Andreassen Christian Conference Speaker, Media Personality and Author

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Inspirational Speaker, Singer and Author Tricia Andreassen

Inspirational Speaker, Singer and Author Tricia Andreassen

CEO Tricia Andreassen of Creative Life Publishing and Learning Institute

Creative Life Publishing and Learning Institute

Amazon #1 Best Seller Christian Living

Amazon #1 Best Seller

Inspirational Conference Speaker and Best Selling Author Tricia Andreassen Hits Best Seller status in 5 Categories on Amazon


"There is a warrior strength inside of us when we were born. As we progress through life we may forget this strength or even begin to believe we never had it. You can find it again!”

— Tricia Andreassen

HICKORY , NC, UNITED STATES, April 15, 2019 / — The Christian Faith and Inspirational book ‘Unlock Your Inner Warrior” is written by Tricia Andreassen as well as other Co-Authors such as Anna Brehm Anderson, Kate Bancroft, Chestina Parker Dowgiewicz, Jacquie Fazekas, Lydia Gates, Paula Pierce, Samuel Rowland, Edward Reed, Amanda Powell, Carlos Vargas, Aarti Royan and Taffiney Nolan Williams. Tricia Andreassen, CEO of Creative Life Publishing and Learning Institute is a part of the launch for this book as well as in development work with curriculum that can be used in schools, churches or personal study programs throughout the country. This book is specifically focused on how to tap in to the warrior strength that lies within each of us. It included devotional sections to help the reader know how to put into practice certain actions and mindset strategies to accomplish this.

“To read the stories from these contributors and their personal experience of battling cancer, bullying, and grief is so inspiring. Our youngest writer Samuel Rowland is just 11 years old. His story of dealing with being legally blind and overcoming situations such as bullying teaches all of us at any age that we have been uniquely built for a purpose. Comments Andreassen. “My hope is that if you are feeling lost and are trying to find the way back to yourself and your identity that you will pick up this book. My personal writing is from one of the most intimate experiences in my childhood and sharing with the reader how God gave me strengths, talents and gifts that helped me grow into my purpose. My desire is that everyone can find that inner strength and recognize the wonderful parts of themselves.

The book can be purchased at and is a book that falls within the Warrior Series books covering topics such a resilience, hope, courage, endurance and forgiveness. Email for a screenshot of your purchase and online review and access some private teachings from the Authors on how to step into your warrior strength. To inquire about booking Unstoppable Warrior, Tricia Andreassen to speak at your next event email

Creative Life Publishing and Learning Institute mission is to help aspiring writers unlock their voice, discover the story within their heart that can bring a message of hope, encouragement, faith. It also publishes inspirational leadership and business success strategies that are built on the foundations of Biblical Principles. The learning division is focused on providing educational resources to grow in multiple areas of life including: personal growth, parenting, dream building, business and marketing, faith and spiritual growth as well as writing retreats that help aspiring Authors become published. Manuscript submissions are reviewed for potential publishing through CEO Tricia Andreassen as Authors are hand selected based on the integrity and genre.
Andreassen’s personal coaching practice varies on the individual on what they want to achieve whether it is business related or personal growth related. She also leads a team of faculty and coaches that provide specialized knowledge in their fields of expertise. She also offers coaching and public relations strategies that include how to teach Speakers and Authors on how to develop their story and turn it into a Keynote, Course or a Book. Andreassen’s first business book, Interfusion Marketing: Unlock The Secret Code To Dominate Your Market hit #1 in less than 5 hours of book launch and has continued to be offered internationally and on the best seller list for over 59 weeks spanning multiple categories. She now is a Multi-Time Best Selling Author in Business, Personal Growth and Faith. She has used her expertise in major network settings such as Good Morning Britain, Dr. Oz, UplifTV, 700 Club Canada and other media outlets such as radio and podcasts.

All of Creative Life Publishing Authors are featured in the website with their own biography page to showcase their background and specific contact information. Authors signed with Creative Life have been featured on major news networks ranging from Good Morning America, 20/20, Animal Planet, NBC, Dr. Phil, and many more venues.

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Ten Tips To Help Special Needs Parents During Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month Tips

Autism Parents' Guide To Reclaiming Your Life

Author Deanna Picon Offers Ten Ways To Support Special Needs Families

Special needs parents are hidden heroes, who courageously face autism and all the enormous challenges and responsibilities that accompany it on a daily basis. They deserve our respect and recognition”

— Deanna Picon

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, US, April 10, 2019 / — Raising a child with a disability, while trying to balance work and family responsibilities is no easy task for even the most dedicated parents. Managing all aspects of a special needs child daily living – including personal needs, school activities, therapy sessions and medical appointments – can be extremely demanding and time-consuming.

“Autism Awareness Month is a perfect time for family, friends and the public to show their support for special needs parents,” said Deanna Picon, founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC and author of The Autism Parents' Guide to Reclaiming Your Life.

"These parents are hidden heroes who courageously face autism and all the enormous challenges and responsibilities that accompany it on an everyday basis. They may be your best friend, your cousin, your neighbor or co-worker," says Picon. "Special needs parents deserve respect and recognition for many reasons, including the sheer guts it takes to stay dedicated to this challenge."

Family and friends can apply these easy tips to make a huge difference in the lives of special needs parents:

1. Give a well-deserved break. Parenting is a 24/7, 365 day job for these parents, so any time they can get a few hours for themselves is great. Volunteer to watch their son or daughter at home or take him/her to a park or movie for a few hours. This will allow parents to have a good time and participate in hobbies, events and activities they enjoy.

And if you’re a family member or close friend, perhaps you can keep their child overnight or for a weekend. They’ll have “peace of mind” knowing their child is safe and well-cared for. Best of all, there are no child care costs.

2. Help with everyday tasks. Pick up some food and beverages at the supermarket when you shop or drop off some clothes at the dry cleaners. It'll save parents much needed time and energy.

3. Bring a dish. A pizza pie, box of chicken or even a take-out meal from a local Chinese restaurant can make everyone feel good and valued. Little cupcakes are fun treats for desserts. Gift cards for a local restaurant can be a wonderful surprise.

4. Assist with household chores. Vacuum a room, wash some dishes or cut up some tomatoes and lettuce for a salad. Remember, no gesture is too small and parents will always be grateful.

5. Keep in touch and be supportive. Special needs parents often feel alone and isolated, so it's really beneficial to let them know you're there, if they need you. With Mother’s and Father’s Day approaching soon, this is a perfect time to send a greeting card letting them know they’re great parents. Text, email or call to just say "Hello".

6. Listen without judgement. Bring over some snacks, sit down and just listen. Allow them to laugh, cry, vent and blow off some steam. No one expects you to solve their problems or provide solutions. A friendly face or shoulder to lean on works perfectly.

Work colleagues can show their support as well:

7. Treat them. Little gestures can bring a big smile to the special needs parent in your office. Buy a cup of coffee or tea with a donut or bagel and place it on their desk in the morning. Take a co-worker out for a nice lunch.

The public can also support special needs families in various ways:

8. Increase public awareness. Autism Awareness Month is a perfect time to learn more about this disorder. Watch a TV news report, read an article or go online to gain a better understanding of this condition. Start a conversation with a friend or family member.

9. Participate. You don’t have to be personally affected by autism to become involved in charitable activities such as a community fundraiser or walk. If possible, take part in a local autism event in your area. Meet some of the wonderful special needs families in your community.

10. Express your support. Donations to local and national autism organizations are always welcome and appreciated. Purchase goods and services from companies that contribute to autism-related causes.

Your Autism Coach, LLC provides personalized guidance, comprehensive support programs and seminars that address the concerns of special needs parents. Now on Twitter (@yourautismcoach), look for the latest parenting tips and advice from Deanna Picon. She shows parents how to overcome the challenges of raising a child with special needs, while building a rewarding life for themselves. Deanna is the recipient of both the "2018 Top Parental Advice Writer" Award and "2015 Top Life Coach Writer" Award by Autism Parenting Magazine.

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Business Lawyer & Coach Richard A. Kranitz explains Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedures

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Richard A Kranitz, Business Lawyer in Wisconsin

Richard A Kranitz, Business Lawyer in Wisconsin

Richard A Kranitz, attorney & business coach in Grafton, Wisconsin

Richard A Kranitz, attorney & business coach in Grafton, Wisconsin

ADR refers to methods of dispute settlement outside of the courtroom. The new article by attorney Richard Kranitz discusses the most commonly used ADR methods.

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ADR processes are a compelling alternative to court trials. They not only allow for quick settlement of disputes and are less costly, but also increase the chances of finding a solution”

— Richard A. Kranitz, business attorney

GRAFTON, WISCONSIN, UNITED STATES, April 8, 2019 / — Are you stuck in a dispute with someone, but do not want to get into the hassle of a court case? You should consider an alternative dispute resolution. Richard A. Kranitz, in a newly published article, explains the alternatives. The full article will be published on his Blog at

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, is an umbrella term used for methods of dispute settlement outside of the courtroom, with the help of a neutral third party.

Since ADR programs are more expeditious and less costly than court cases, they present viable alternative solutions for dispute settlement. In view of the increasing costs of lawsuits and the time it takes to settle a dispute through litigation, ADR programs may present a better alternative, depending on the circumstances of the dispute. They are not only more expeditious and less costly, but also allow for more creative solutions that would be outside the court’s jurisdiction.

Unlike court cases, which are generally adversarial, ADR programs allow the opposing parties to better understand each other’s position. As a result, the Parties are more likely to collaborate and reach a mutually acceptable solution.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods

While there are many ways to settle disputes outside of the court, mediation and arbitration are the most commonly used ones.

What is Mediation?

Performed by a neutral third-party – a trained individual – mediation is an informal process to facilitate negotiations between the disputing parties and help them reach a consensus. Often courts have volunteer mediators who try to assist the Parties in reaching a mutually agreeable solution, sometimes in hallway just outside the courtroom.

The role of the mediator is to help both the Parties break the deadlock, explore their options and find a mutually agreeable solution. For this, the mediator may talk to the involved parties together or separately. While mediators can facilitate the process by providing options for possible solutions or by guiding the Parties, they cannot enforce anything. Also, they have to stay impartial throughout the process.

The mediation process also helps the Parties maintain a relationship, if they are interested in maintaining it. Since a mediator can help the parties communicate without getting emotions involved, they are likely to reach consensus in a nondestructive way. In fact, courts encourage mediation since it makes their job easier.

Mediation can be a better choice than litigation in case of a dispute between business partners, family members, neighbors, landlords and tenants, and labor issues with the management. It has also been increasingly used for divorce cases and to settle issues related to child custody.

Since mediation is generally voluntary (it is mandatory in some jurisdictions) and non-binding, both disputing Parties should be willing to negotiate, cooperate, and/or compromise. Mediation will not be effective otherwise.

What is Arbitration?

Arbitration is a simplified version of a court trial. Headed by a neutral individual or a panel, the process of arbitration involves hearing the claims of both sides, reviewing evidence, and then issuing a decision. Unlike mediation, the decision issued by the arbitrator, called arbitral award, can be binding or non-binding.

In case of binding arbitration, the Parties lose their right to a court trial and have to accept the decision of the arbitrator. In non-binding arbitration, the disputing parties can go for court trial if the arbitrator’s decision is unacceptable for them.

While the process sounds like similar to court proceedings, arbitration gives more power to the Parties. In arbitration, the disputing parties mutually decide the guidelines of the process as well as choose the arbitrator. In cases where the Parties cannot on one arbitrator, depending on the applicable arbitration rules, each Party selects one person. The two arbitrators will then elect another individual. This is done to ensure neutrality of the arbitration process. The Parties also have the choice to either hire lawyers to speak for them, or they can choose to present their cases themselves. Arbitration hearings can take one day, or possibly several days.

Final Word

Mr. Kranitz concludes that ADR processes are a compelling alternative to court trials. They not only allow for quick settlement of disputes and are less costly, but also increase the chances of finding a solution that is acceptable to both the disputing parties. While there are many different methods of alternative dispute resolution, such as case conferencing, neutral evaluation, parenting coordination, and conciliation, mediation and arbitration are most commonly used.

About Richard A. Kranitz

Richard Kranitz is an experienced attorney and business consultant in the areas of corporate, securities and tax planning for corporations, partnerships, joint ventures, limited liability companies, multi-unit enterprises, and a variety of different non-profit entities. In addition, he has counseled their owners and executives in compensation planning, estate plans, and asset protection.

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