ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION ATTORNEYS IN WEST CHESTER, PA
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) refers to the different ways people can resolve disputes without a court trial. Common ADR processes include mediation and arbitration. These processes are generally confidential, less formal, and less stressful than traditional court proceedings. ADR often saves money and speeds settlement.
In mediation, parties play an important role in resolving their own disputes. A neutral person called a "mediator" helps the parties try to reach a mutually acceptable resolution. The mediator does not decide the case, but helps the parties communicate so they can try to settle the dispute themselves. This often results in creative solutions, longer-lasting outcomes, greater satisfaction, and improved relationships. Mediation may be particularly useful when family members, neighbors, or business partners have a dispute.
In arbitration, a neutral person called an "arbitrator" hears arguments and evidence from each side and then decides the outcome. Arbitration is less formal than a trial and the rules of evidence are often relaxed. In binding arbitration, parties agree to accept the arbitrator’s decision as final, and there is generally no right to appeal. In nonbinding arbitration, the parties may request a trial if they do not accept the arbitrator’s decision.