Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods such as mediation and arbitration can be very effective in resolving conflicts in a timely and cost-effective manner while offering greater flexibility and confidentiality than traditional dispute resolution methods.
Lawyers with formal training in ADR methods can help clients decide which way would be most appropriate for their situation. Providing guidance and representation throughout the process can lead to a quicker and more satisfactory resolution for all parties involved.
There are a variety of alternative dispute resolution processes available to resolve a dispute without going through the traditional court system. These methods aim to reduce confrontation and focus on finding a solution that works for everyone involved.
Each situation is unique and may require a different approach. Take a closer look at each type of alternative dispute resolution to see which one might be the best fit for your specific needs.
Arbitration is the most popular and widely known dispute resolution process and involves using a neutral party, the arbitrator, to help decide. Both opposing parties present their case to the arbitrator and agree to be bound to their decision. We work with you to outline rules for the discussion so that a decision can be determined civilly.
This process involves parties working cooperatively and non-adversarial to achieve a lasting, mutually agreeable settlement. All parties in the dispute are involved and work together to find a solution everyone can live with.
Mediation involves a trained mediator assessing the situation conveyed by both opposing parties. From this assessment, the mediator will find common ground, explore different perspectives, and potentially present new creative solutions. The overall goal again is to help both parties reach a voluntary settlement.