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Briefcase: Hurricane Harvey Mediation

Guest: Tasha Willis


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When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, many lost property and were displaced from their homes. Tasha Willis, with the University of Houston Law Center, is an expert in alternative dispute resolution and mediation and explains how civil courts have been affected by the storm.

"Court caseloads have been backed up with millions of claims and disputes," Professor Willis said. "Renters and homeowners, for example, have filed grievances after they were denied entry to former residences and access to their possessions that may have survived the storm."

Willis says that litigants with low incomes face particular challenges. "Disputes between homeowners, renters, the city, insurance companies and contractors can get very expensive," she continued. "Those trying to recoup losses should consider resolving their cases through mediation. The parties can resolve the disputes sooner and more cost effectively if a settlement is finally reached."

For more information, contact The Harris County Dispute Resolution Center