Using Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative dispute resolution involves using a system, other than the courts, to resolve issues that would normally be resolved through litigation. Alternative dispute resolution takes several different forms, and can be a faster and less expensive manner of addressing legal matters. However, there may also be some downsides to alternative dispute resolution, or ADR as it is sometimes called.

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Should I sue, settle or use alternative dispute resolution (ADR)?

A personal injury lawsuit requires an immense amount of time, energy, and effort. For this reason alone, many people opt to settle their cases in order to move on quickly with their lives. If you decide to take your personal injury lawsuit to trial so that it can be heard in front of a jury, you may be selecting the most expensive and lengthiest option for dispute resolution.

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What is alternate dispute resolution (ADR)?

Whether or not alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, makes sense will depend on the situation and the type of ADR you are considering. There may be times when you are required to use ADR- such as if you signed a contract that had an arbitration clause. In other situations, you may choose to find an alternative to litigating your dispute for various reasons. However, to determine if ADR is the right choice for you, you need to weigh the pros and cons carefully.

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What is mediation?

To avoid the expense and time associated with courtroom litigation, it may be a good idea to consider mediation, a voluntary, confidential, and informal way for people to resolve civil disputes. During mediation, a mutually selected impartial mediator helps parties discuss their differences and negotiate their problems.

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