Resolving Disputes And Finding Solutions Using An Alternative Path
Parties who find themselves in the midst of a dispute would often prefer to use an efficient resolution that still protects their interests rather than going through the court system. In addition, many contracts contain provisions that require the resolution of a dispute through a method other than litigation.
When parties to a dispute prefer to reach a resolution faster and at a fraction of the cost of litigation, they turn to alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Unless a contract defines the method to resolve a dispute, ADR provides many options to consider.
The team at The Weir Law Firm, LLC, knows how to assist clients through the ADR process. Attorney Bonnie Weir is a trained family mediator, prepared to assist you through the process. With over 30 years of experience across multiple legal areas, she represents individuals and companies in Bridgewater and throughout New Jersey as an advocate, as well as helping parties find a resolution as a neutral. She uses her skills and experience to minimize the time and expense involved in resolving your business dispute so you can focus on running your business.
What Types Of ADR Are Available?
The most common forms of ADR include:
- Negotiation – Although nearly every legal dispute employs negotiation tactics in the hope of settling a case, technically, negotiation is a form of ADR. Settling your case outside of court allows you to forego litigation and can happen at any point in the process.
- Mediation – Mediation is a more formalized way of negotiating a settlement. The main difference is that it relies on a neutral third-party – a mediator – who facilitates the discussions directly with the party and with the assistance of your attorney who is there to guide you. When used correctly, mediation can lead to a satisfactory outcome for both sides and avoid the cost of litigation.
- Arbitration – The most formal setting of ADR, arbitration can be binding or nonbinding on the parties, depending on the circumstances. Arbitration is almost like a mini-trial, with the arbitrator reviewing the case from both sides and making a decision. The benefit is that arbitration is much quicker and less expensive than litigation.
Bonnie Weir has the knowledge to resolve a dispute in your best interests through ADR. Whether you choose to negotiate, mediate, arbitrate or use any of the other methods available, Bonnie will employ creative options in bringing your dispute to a resolution. When you are actively involved, the results are generally faster and so much more satisfying than proceeding through a trial that leaves everything up to a judge or jury.
Even if alternate dispute resolution options do not result in a resolution and litigation commences, the courts provide many opportunities for parties to use some of the options to bring you closer to settling your case.
Find Out More About Alternate Dispute Resolution Options Today
To discover if ADR could work for you, contact The Weir Law Firm, LLC, today. You can call the office at 908-333-4002 or send an email to schedule an appointment. Existing clients please call 908-575-0185.