The Mediation Process
Are you a lawyer? No. I am not an attorney.
According to Mediate.com writer Chris Currie, “…mediation is not a natural extension of the practice of law, because mediation permits a broader definition of conflict as well as a more complete approach to its resolution. Because attorneys are schooled in, and acculturated to, an adversarial approach, it is very difficult for them to be equally accomplished in more collaborative approaches to settling disputes. There is no evidence to suggest conflicts involving issues of law require legal skills. Human relations and negotiation skills are more relevant to facilitating conflict resolutions.”
It is unethical for mediators to give legal advice in mediation even if the mediator is an attorney. If you need legal, or any other kind of advice such as tax or financial, parties should seek sources outside of the mediation process.