Willis W. Apple, P.A., Attorney at Law


 
 
 
 
 
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900 Old Winston Road
Kernersville, NC 27284
(336)-310-4485

       


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Our offices are located in the highly desirable Linville Professional Center, with easy access from any point in the triad.

South Main Street, Old Winston Road and Hopkins Road are areas of Kernersville that have experienced explosive growth for medical, legal and other professional companies.

We're easy to find. Turn from South Main Street onto Old Winston Road. Linville Professional Center is located approximately 1/3 mile at the intersection of Old Winston and Hopkins Roads.


Address

900 Old Winston Road
Suite 108
Kernersville, NC 27284


Telephone
(336)-310-4485

Fax
(888)-861-1296


Contact Email
dlwilliams@wwapplepa.com


Hours of Operation
M-Th 9:00-5:00
F - 9:00-Noon
Other Times By Appointment

Mediation, as used in law, is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with finality. A third party mediator typically assists the parties in negotiating a settlement in a variety of areas ranging from commercial, workplace, community and family matters. Mediation is often considered a faster, more effective and less expensive way to resolve legal disputes -- avoiding the need for the dispute to be resolved by a judge.
People are increasingly turning to arbitration, mediation, and other forms of private alternative dispute resolution to avoid lengthy and expensive court battles. Mandatory mediation often avoids the need for unwieldy, costly and unpredictable judicial proceedings.  Client needs are often best served by negotiated solutions. Mr. Apple makes extensive use of mediation, conciliation, and other non-binding ADR techniques. 

Mediation is increasingly being seen as an option to traditional courtroom based procedures. Major reasons for this transition include

  • Reduced cost
    The mediator's fee is likely going to be about the same as that of an attorney because the mediator is more often than not a practicing lawyer. Total fees and costs associated with mediated settlements tend to be lower because resolution is usually quicker -- and time equals money

  • Confidentiality
    Court hearings are more often than not public. Mediation is private and strictly confidential. No one but the parties to the dispute and the mediator(s) know what happened within the mediation room. Confidentiality is, in most cases, so important that even the mediator cannot be forced to testify about discussions within the room or about the progress of the mediation. Child abuse or threatened criminal acts are typically the only exceptions to the confidentiality rules.

  • Control
    Mediation places control of the outcome squarely in the hands of parties involved and the mediator. The same case in a court room often produces different and unsatisfactory solutions -- leaving mediation as the preferred way to reach solutions agreeable to all affected parties.

  • Compliance
    Mediated settlements are agreed upon by the involved parties. That being the case, compliance with the mediated settlement is typically better than with an adjudicated solution. This not only results in happier parties but reduced cost because parties do not have to hire attorneys to ensure compliance. Mediated agreements are, however, fully enforceable in courts of law.

  • Mutuality
    Parties to a mediation are typically ready to compromise to work toward a resolution. This typically means that they are prepared to move their position if that becomes necessary. This occurs because all parties are involved fully understand the other party's position and the underlying issues of the dispute. This often results in a preservation of relationship(s) of the involved parties.

  • Support
    Mediators are trained in working with difficult situations -- Bill Apple is no exception to that rule. The mediator's job is simple -- to act as a neutral facilitator and guide through what might without his help be a very difficult process. He is also responsible for thinking outside the box for possible solutions to the dispute -- broadening the range of possible solutions.


Bill is a certified mediator and is recognized for his experience in a wide range of disputes and cases.

North Carolina has two must read brochures for people considering mediation. These are: