In arbitration, a neutral person called an “arbitrator” hears arguments and evidence from each side and then decides the outcome of the dispute. Arbitration is less formal than a trial, and the rules of evidence are often relaxed. Arbitration may be either “binding” or “nonbinding.” Binding arbitration is final. Generally, there is no right to appeal an arbitrator’s decision. Nonbinding arbitration means that the parties are free to request a trial if they do not accept the arbitrator’s decision.
No. In mediation and arbitration, Sandy serves as a neutral third party. That means she is not able to represent either party individually. If you think you may prefer to retain her services as your attorney, indicate that preference when you request an appointment.
No. Both parties need to individually agree to dispute resolution services. Both parties must request an appointment and be screened for any conflicts of interest.
Dispute resolution services are cheaper and faster than the traditional legal process. Parties can have greater participation in reaching a solution and they have more control over the outcome. In addition, dispute resolution processes are confidential, less formal, are more flexible, and are less stressful than traditional court proceedings.