When most people think of legal cases, they picture two sides arguing inside of a courtroom. However, one of the most popular methods for resolving disputes takes place outside of court and is known as alternative dispute resolution. If you are interested in learning more about alternative dispute resolution and whether it is right for your case, call or contact the Cornwell Law Firm today to schedule a consultation of your case with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.
What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is a way of settling legal matters outside of the courtroom. Traditional litigation pits one side against the other in a win or lose scenario, whereas alternative dispute resolution encourages both sides to compromise and collaborate on a solution that works for everyone. There are three main types of ADR that are utilized in different types of legal cases, including mediation, arbitration, and collaborative divorce.
Benefits of Using ADR
There are many benefits of using alternative dispute resolution instead of pursuing a traditional litigation case. Some of the most commonly cited benefits of ADR include the following:
Maintaining Your Privacy
One of the biggest benefits of ADR is the privacy for you and your loved ones. Everything that is said, suggested, negotiated, and agreed upon in an alternative dispute resolution session remains confidential. Nothing is put on the record in court, which means that the public cannot access the details of the conversation. Even if alternative dispute resolution is unsuccessful in the case, nothing said during those sessions can be used as evidence or testified about in later litigation.
Faster and Cheaper Than Litigation
Another significant benefit of alternative dispute resolution is that typically the process is faster and cheaper than traditional litigation. With courtroom litigation, the client is stuck on the court’s schedule and is required to pay court costs on top of their attorneys’ fees. What could take weeks or months in court can often be settled in a couple of sessions with alternative dispute resolution that are set according to your schedule. Not only are the court costs eliminated, but the faster resolution often results in lesser attorneys’ fees, as well.
Focused on Results Where Everyone Wins
One of the final benefits of ADR is the focus on success for all parties involved. Instead of the animosity of traditional litigation, the entire purpose of alternative dispute resolution is for both sides to walk away from the table with something that they wanted. Parties are encouraged to communicate, collaborate, and compromise with each other. ADR also allows for those involved to come up with unique solutions to their issues where the court would normally apply boilerplate solutions that may actually work for no one. To learn more, talk to our office today.
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Are you interested in utilizing alternative dispute resolution for your legal case? Whether you need to file for bankruptcy, are managing a family dispute, or would like to use ADR to settle another type of legal matter, the experienced lawyers at the Cornwell Law Firm in Duluth are here to help. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a consultation of your case.