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How does alternative dispute resolution work?

There are three ways to settle a case out of court. Your lawyer can help you determine which one is right for you.

Negotiation

The two sides get together to discuss options frankly and confidentially and come to a mutual agreement.

  • Keeps the process in our control.
  • We can continue with negotiations or walk away at any point.

Mediation

An unbiased neutral mediator oversees a meeting between all parties in the dispute to see if a settlement can be reached. A mediator is a trained professional who is often, but not always, a lawyer who is an expert in the subject matter.

  • Confidential and informal.
  • There’s no public record of the outcome.

Arbitration

When people cannot resolve a dispute themselves or with the assistance of a mediator, the case can go to arbitration, where a neutral person or panel of people hear the facts and make a binding decision.

  • Parties can choose the decision-maker.
  • The decision is final.

Understand your legal options.

Stressed about the idea of going to court? There may be another way.

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