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Alternate Dispute Resolution

  • December 4, 2013

Alternate Dispute Resolution(ADR) simply means settling a dispute out of a courtroom. The process has gained prominence in all the states and comes with numerous advantages for all parties involved. Going this route will first of all save you a lot of money that is lost during litigation. Whenever you file a court case, there are many parties involved and either of them could win the case. That means if you lose, you could probably be required to meet the fees for all the other parties.

You should always consider ADR if you have a conflict with someone you have close relations, for instance a family member or a business associate. Such cases include separation disputes between a wife and a husband where you are not agreeing on who will keep the family house, the children, and other assets. It can also be arbitration between business partners or a company and its shareholders. This helps you to retain relationships while at the same time getting a fair hearing that satisfies all the persons involved.

During alternate dispute resolutions hearings, you choose arbitrators from a law firm who evaluate your case and come up with agreeable conclusions within a short period. Some disputes take a few days, a week or a month to resolve in contrast with court cases which drag on for several years. Going to court is an acrimoniously long process that might cause emotional disillusionment and at the end, you might end up losing the case or your win might not be commensurate with the time and money spent.

Since the federal law recognizes ADR, it is the best route for you to choose especially if you have numerous disputes to settle. The resolutions are normally binding and can be referred to in the event one decides to file a court case in future.