Mediation And Arbitration

The right to a jury trial is a bedrock of American law. Practically speaking, however, in most situations, it is best to keep the right to take a case to verdict as a last resort. Litigation can be expensive, take a long time to resolve and leave all parties involved less than satisfied.

In many cases, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is a viable alternative. The law firm of Barkan & Robon Ltd. represents clients in the Toledo, Ohio, metropolitan area who are seeking a low-cost, holistic solution to their civil law conflict.

Mediation Versus Arbitration

Mediation and arbitration are both common forms of ADR, though they have significant differences. In mediation, the parties come together with a mediator, a neutral third party whose job it is to guide the parties toward a settlement. For mediation to succeed, all parties must be able and willing to negotiate civilly and in good faith. The resulting settlement can give the parties the feeling that they solved their problems on their own, and can help heal ruptured business or personal relationships.

Arbitration is somewhat more formal than mediation, though it is still not a full trial. Instead, an arbitrator calls both parties together and hears their arguments. The arbitrator then issues a ruling that is legally binding. In many cases, business contracts require customers, vendors and other parties to go to arbitration instead of trial.

The Need For An Attorney

Though ADR differs from trial in many ways, one thing that remains the same is that everyone involved is entitled to experienced legal representation. The lawyers of Barkan & Robon Ltd. have decades of experience with arbitration and mediation. They know how to use the process to deliver a positive result for individuals and corporate clients.

To schedule an appointment with an attorney at Barkan & Robon Ltd. please call 567-302-0763, or email the firm through this website's intake form. The firm has offices in Maumee and Oregon, Ohio.