Benjamin Franklin once said, “Lost time is never found again.”  His quote applies to so many aspects of life including mediation.  Indeed, many people underestimate the value of their time in litigation.  Litigation takes a lot of time to conduct.  Time that is taken out of a client’s life.  The time is not just of the attorney in conducting the litigation.  That time includes the time spent by the client thinking of the litigation, focusing on the dispute, and the time lost in productivity being obsessed by the case.  This is time that never comes back and is valuable.

When discussing options with clients, it is important to think about the time involved.  Make sure that they understand that time is not just billing matter for the attorneys, but it is also a commodity in their life that can never be found again.  What would your client do with more time in his or her life?