Many legal disputes are now frequently settled outside of the courtroom. In fact, before a judge hears the case, courts often mandate parties to participate in some form of alternative dispute resolution. A description of alternative dispute resolution, when it is used, its advantages, and when it might be necessary to hire an alternative dispute resolution attorney are discussed below.
Alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, is any method of settling disputes outside of the courtroom. ADR includes a variety of approaches, including:
ADR is frequently used to resolve conflicts between individuals and organizations or businesses. The most common disputes are:
Alternative dispute resolution provides several benefits over litigation, such as:
The majority of disputes that are settled through ADR are simple and do not need an ADR lawyer’s help. However, it can be required to contact an ADR lawyer if the disagreement involves complex issues, such as those involving family conflicts, property rights, and personal injury claims. In addition to determining which method of ADR is most suitable to settle the dispute and produce the best result, ADR lawyers may also be necessary in the following situations:
Without legal counsel, it can be more challenging than most people imagine making a strong case. This is especially true if the conflict is governed by or involves a violation of law or statute, such as employment discrimination or a breach of contract claim.
ADR is most successful when the disputants are in equal standing in negotiating in the conflict. If one of the disputants is not represented or has less experience with the ADR process, they will be at a disadvantage in the negotiations. Disputants with legal representation are more likely to have conflicts resolved in their favor and under their terms.
Cokinos | Young provides a wide range of services in the area of alternative dispute resolution. When it comes to the most common forms of ADR, our attorneys are quite skilled in bringing and defending disputes.