Experienced in Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Boutty Law Firm, P.A. is experienced in all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”). ADR refers to any means of settling disputes outside of the courtroom. ADR typically includes early neutral evaluation, negotiation, conciliation, mediation, and arbitration. As burgeoning court queues, rising costs of litigation, and time delays continue to plague litigants, more states have begun experimenting with ADR programs. Some of these programs are voluntary; others are mandatory.
While the two most common forms of ADR are arbitration and mediation, negotiation is almost always attempted first to resolve a dispute. It is the preeminent mode of dispute resolution. Negotiation allows the parties to meet in order to settle a dispute. The main advantage of this form of dispute settlement is that it allows the parties themselves to control the process and the solution.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is an informal and confidential way for people to resolve disputes with the help of a neutral mediator who is trained to help people discuss their differences. The mediator does not decide who is right or wrong or issue a decision. Instead, the mediator helps the parties work out their own solutions to problems.
Benefits of Mediation
One of the greatest benefits of mediation is that it allows people to resolve their issues in a friendly way and in ways that meet their own unique needs. Also, issues can usually be resolved faster through mediation. Mediation is fair, efficient and can help the parties avoid costly and lengthy litigation.
How is Mediation Different than Arbitration?
Arbitration is usually a binding process that allows parties in dispute to come to a final resolution of their disagreement. In most cases, court is not an option when the arbitration concludes. In arbitration, the parties submit their disagreement along with all pertinent details to an arbitration attorney who will function more or less like a judge, hearing evidence and then issuing a binding decision. Arbitration is conducted much like a trial and usually lacks the give and take of compromise that can characterize mediation.
Skilled in Dispute Resolution
Some disputes are better solved outside of the courtroom. The Boutty Law Firm, P.A. is effective at all forms of ADR, and we help guide negotiations to protect your interests. By retaining an experienced mediator to strategize during the contract negotiation process, you can often prevent disputes from arising at a later stage in any business transaction. This can save time, costs and frustration.
Contact an experienced ADR attorney. Call The Boutty Law Firm, P.A. at 407-883-1024 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation with an attorney in our Winter Park office.