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California Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyers

Helping Clients Effectively Resolve Dispute with ADR, Mediation, and Arbitration

In today’s litigious society, you may be under the impression that most legal disputes must be resolved in court. Fortunately, this is not the case, and there are alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods available to try to resolve a matter before initiating litigation. Successful ADR can save all parties time, stress, and money while often reaching a mutually favorable agreement.

At Pratt & Associates, APC, we routinely seek out alternatives to litigation for dispute resolution for our clients. Two ADR methods in which we regularly engage include:

Mediation - In mediation proceedings, the parties to the dispute meet with a neutral third-party mediator. The mediator is there to facilitate discussion and cooperation between the parties to help them reach a fair settlement. It is always important to have an attorney advising you during mediation. If the other party proposes certain terms, our lawyers can advise whether the settlement could help or harm your interests or offer other available solutions to protect your rights.

Arbitration - During arbitration, each side will present its case to one or more neutral arbitrators. The arbitrator or panel will then review the arguments and make a decision on how to resolve the dispute. The parties agree to be legally bound by the decision. While arbitration may feel like a civil trial, the process can be less formal, much faster, and less costly than litigation. However, you must abide by the decision of a third party instead of negotiating an agreement.

Consult with Our Bay Area Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorneys

Anyone facing a real estate-related dispute should consider how ADR methods can help them save substantial resources. To discuss your legal options, please consult with an ADR attorney at Pratt & Associates, APC. Call 408.369.0800 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today.


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