Alternative Dispute Resolution Woodland Hills
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to any method by which two parties are able to resolve a dispute without litigation (outside of court). ADR has become increasingly prominent due to the complications and costs (in both time and money) affiliated with the legal system.
ADR has legal weight, as both parties usually agree to a resolution through a binding contract. These contracts can sometimes be overturned in court, however, they are usually agreeable for both parties thereby reducing further conflict.
The two primary methods of ADR are arbitration and mediation.
Arbitration – Arbitration is formatted in the same way as a trial, however it is much more basic, and involves a panel of arbitrators. We dedicated a whole page to arbitration. View it here.
Mediation – A mediator is a person who is trained to resolve a conflict or dispute. The mediator helps both parties work out an agreement.
There are many forms of ADR, first attempts usually include negotiation. The advantage of this stage is that both parties have a degree of control whereas in the court, the judge and jury make a decision, and other ADR methods may use mediators or other 3rd parties to resolve disputes
Mr. Grey will help guide you through all the processes involved with ADR. He can counsel you on which form would be most advantageous for you and your situation, he can act as a neutral third party or mediator, and he can even help draw up a fair, clear-cut, contract. For more information on this quick and cost-effective service, call the Law office of Grey to make an appointment.