13 Dec The benefits of alternative dispute resolution
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a means of resolving conflicts or disputes in a setting that’s both confidential and less formal than a court proceeding. Sometimes, the best way to resolve a dispute is to have an impartial third party objectively consider all sides and come up with a solution beneficial to the involved parties.
There are several benefits to using ADR as opposed to a formal legal action. It is less confrontational and less adversarial. ADR aims for an acceptable compromise. The intended outcome is to resolve the matter in the most cost-efficient method while also working to restore and maintain relationships. ADR is generally a more flexible method than a formal legal proceeding and there is less paperwork involved.
If you’ve weighed the pros and cons and are convinced you need to do something to resolve a conflict, alternative dispute resolution may work for you. Some disputes, such as those that are not about money, may have no clear legal remedy. It is best to weigh all options when considering the best method of dispute resolution. Research your litigation costs compared to ADR options and weigh all of the potential outcomes. Of course, ADR doesn’t work in every situation. If the situation involves threats of violence or if there is an imbalance of power between the parties, an informal dispute resolution process may not be appropriate.
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