Beat This Deal Groupon, Part 2

A few weeks ago I had a post that told you how to get free legal forms such as power of attorney for healthcare in Illinois.  There is another great deal available for you or anyone else and unlike the deals on Groupon, this is also free.

You don't have to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to solve your legal problem. In fact, you don't to pay anything at all if you're willing to do a little work. The Center for Conflict Resolution, located downtown, will take almost any case, situation or issue and help you resolve it. And they'll do it for free.

They use mediation, which is when a neutral third party helps two sides communicate, negotiate and come to an agreement. A skilled mediator can help resolve a dispute quickly. In law school I had the privilege of mediating cases at CCR. It's a great service. The staff is friendly. All you have to do is give them a call.

When I was there, I mediated employment law cases, landlord-tenant disputes and custody cases, among others. The center gets a lot of case referrals from the Daley Center, but you don't have to have a court case to use their mediation services. You can call them if you and your employer have a dispute about your wages. You can call if you and your neighbor can't agree on property issues. Your problem doesn't even have to be a legal one.

Mediation isn't for everyone, or for every dispute. But if both sides are interested in solving the problem, it's a great resource. The mediators are specifically trained in conflict resolution and can even help prepare an agreement or contract if you get to that point.

Center for Conflict Resolution
11 E. Adams,
Suite 500

Chicago, IL 60603



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