Arbitration and mediation are legal alternatives to resolving a dispute in a court of law. Mediation allows parties involved in civil disagreements, such as divorces, landlord tenant law, probate disputes, breach of contract, employment or small business ownership disputes, to bring in a mediator to help them come to an amicable agreement. Similarly, in arbitration, parties hand their disputes over to an arbitrator, who, after examining evidence and hearing arguments from the parties, decides the case.
How Do Arbitration and Mediation Differ?
The difference between mediation and arbitration is the fact that mediators generally cannot render a legally binding decision, while arbitrators can. In a mediation, the burden to decide the case falls on the parties themselves, and the mediator only acts as a guide helping them to come to their own agreement. Arbitration meanwhile is more akin to a trial, with the opposing sides being able to call witnesses, deliver arguments and present evidence and the arbitrator able to deliver a verdict.
Attorneys That Handle Arbitration and Mediation
Whether you are involved in an arbitration or mediation, either having an attorney represent you in the matter or consulting with one throughout the process may be the difference between the outcome being in your favor and not.