It is actually fairly common that a client will avoid court if at all possible. And, many times, court is not the best option. For example, when the parties wish to work something out without destroying a relationship, mediation can be much less damaging. Mediation is a voluntary process in which the parties come together and discuss how to move forward amicably; hence, mediation many times leads to creative options and relationship building. However, in court, the parties can only “win” by fighting over who was more “wrong”. This can lead to broken relationships, a drawn out recovery-time, and uncertain results. Many times, the case need not advance even as far as mediation, as a good lawyer can reach results through negotiation.