There are many different ways to resolve a problem before it goes to trial. Litigation isn’t the only way. Both parties who agree to an ADR procedure typically agree that a negotiated settlement is worth trying before investing time and money into civil litigation. These processes include:
- Arbitration: An impartial party, called an “arbitrator,” listens to both sides and determines the outcome. Both parties agree to abide by the arbitrators ruling.
- Mediation: A neutral person, called a “mediator,” works with both parties to agree. The mediator does not make any decisions. They just encourage each party to work together and overcome sticking points in the conversation.
- Neutral Evaluation: An unbiased person, called an “evaluator,” hears each side of the case. They then give their opinion on how the dispute could be resolved. Their solution is not official, only a guiding point for each party.
- Settlement Conferences: An independent party, called a “settlement officer,” hears each party and offers a potential settlement. Their decision is not final. It merely helps each party see the strengths and weaknesses in their case.
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For those looking for a cost-effective and time-efficient way of handling their case, an alternative dispute resolution may be your best option. The lawyers at Blake & Ayaz have helped clients throughout Southern California get the best results possible. We can help you build a strong case while also being open to negotiation. Call our office in Santa Ana today at 714-667-7171, or fill out our online form here.