Sayre Macneil   Mediator & Attorney 

Se Habla Español
1475 Hillcrest Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process of dispute resolution facilitated by a trained, neutral mediator. It is far less costly or time-consuming than a lawsuit. In successful mediation the parties have control of the outcome and can decide on a resolution they are willing to accept. The vast majority of lawsuits settle, usually after the parties and their money are exhausted. Mediation gives an opportunity to end the dispute on agreed terms, sparing the high risks and expense of litigation. If the parties fail to agree, they still have the opportunity to resort to the court.

Business Litigation
Business litigation is a complex area of law which includes a variety of contractual and business conflicts that wind up in a lawsuit. Such claims might include breach of contract, fraud, interference with contract, breach of fiduciary duty, infringement of intellectual property rights, or unfair competition. Often, when these types of business disputes arise, the parties are unable to resolve them through negotiation. In these cases, business litigation can be used as a way to resolve the disputes.

Real Estate Litigation
Real estate litigation generally refers to lawsuits involving disputes arising out of a real property interest or transaction. Conflicts can arise at any stage of real estate activity, including planning, buying, selling or improving properties. Sometimes neighbors cannot get along, and issues arise over boundaries, fences or the height or encroachment of trees or vegetation. While it is always best to reach an agreed solution, perhaps though mediation, sometimes a court case is needed to obtain a final resolution.

Landlord/tenant law concerns the legal relationship between owners of real property and the persons to whom they rent the premises. Many tenancies are defined by lease terms or month-to-month rental agreements; but even if a property is rented under an oral agreement, the law defines most of the rights and duties as between owner and renter. Where a tenant fails to pay rent, the law provides an expedited remedy called unlawful detainer to evict the tenant.