About Mediated Resolutions
Years ago, the courtroom was a reasonable place to seek redress when one party felt wronged by another. But today’s court dockets are packed, the attorneys’ fees and other costs of mounting a trial are more than most people can afford, and between the trial itself, delays and long waiting periods and appeals, people are turning in large numbers to alternatives to the conventional courtroom lawsuit.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Methodologies That Really Work
Mediation and arbitration are the two primary alternatives. Both approaches seek to resolve serious disagreements and conflicts without involving a courtroom, judge or jury.
The methodologies are not specific to one area of law; they are equally useful in resolving business disputes, personal injury cases, employment and labor disputes, and even real estate law issues. We have even used mediation to end a long-standing feud between two neighbors, one of whom had a noisy dog.
In mediation, two people or companies with a dispute jointly seek help from a third-party mediator. The mediator is always neutral and may not have any personal or financial interest in the dispute’s outcome. The parties in the dispute take turns describing their side of the story to the mediator, who suggests compromise solutions to each side.
Mediation is nonbinding. If it fails, the parties are free to try to resolve the dispute in another venue, in court or via negotiation.
Arbitration is different from mediation in that the neutral third party makes an actual decision. The arbitrator issues a ruling that the parties agreed ahead of time to abide by.
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Burton L. Tillman, Louis K. Polonsky and Steven L. Head, Atlanta Conflict Resolution Services
Mediated Resolutions, was founded in 2008 by respected Atlanta lawyer Burton L. Tillman. Burt, Louis and Steven have more than 30 years of experience in the law, and are respected for the breadth of their knowledge.
Are you engaged in a serious dispute? For resolution that is affordable and quick, call the Georgia mediation services attorneys at Mediated Resolutions at 678-539-1080.