If you are considering an alternative to litigation, consider Houston Arbitration & Mediation Attorney Law Firm. Located in Houston, Texas, Clear we offer flexible solutions to meet your alternative dispute resolution needs while limiting costs. As experienced arbitrators and mediators, Houston Arbitration & Mediation Attorney Law Firm, has years of experience as a trial lawyers. We emphasize knowledge of the law to achieve fair and successful ADR outcomes.
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In an arbitration proceeding, a neutral third party, often a licensed attorney or judge, reviews the issues and facts of the case with the parties, and issues a decision. The decision can be binding or non-binding. If the arbitrator's decision is non-binding, then the arbitrator's decision is not final and can still be appealed by either of the parties. On the other hand, if the decision is binding, then the parties must accept the decision, because it cannot be appealed to a court for judicial review.
The advantages of arbitration are that it is a more expedient and less costly way of resolving a case than having to try a case in court. Some businesses are required to arbitrate their cases because there will be arbitration clauses in contractual agreements, mandating arbitration in the event of a dispute. However, not all cases are appropriate for arbitration. Some cases involve such complex, difficult issues that they have to be litigated in the courtroom.
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Mediation is another method of ADR, but it differs from arbitration in that it is informal, confidential, and the neutral third party, called a mediator, does not issue a decision. During mediations, the parties have the opportunity of discussing their interests and concerns face-to-face with a mediator. The mediator acts as a facilitator, assisting the parties resolve their dispute by having them communicate with each other. If the parties are unable to resolve their case through mediation, then the parties may have to consider taking the case to trial.
Additionally, mediations can be voluntary or court-mandated. This means that parties can choose to resolve their case through mediation, or the judge can order mediation for the parties, as an alternative to trial.
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