Dispute resolution involves a dispute and at least 2 people participating in a process to help you identify a path towards resolution.

Generally, disputes are short-term or situation specific disagreement that can be resolved.

It may be a disagreement about a fact or a point of law, over expectations, rights, obligations or the interests of two or more parties.

There are different paths to resolution and it’s important to choose the one best suited to you and your situation. Your path may be lawyer to lawyer negotiation, a collaborative approach, mediation, mediation-arbitration, arbitration, court, or a blend of processes.

Dispute resolution in general can be used:
  • to avoid or reduce the risk of going through a court process.
  • in good faith, on an interim basis to provide breathing room.
  • to support another process.
  • in an attempt to come to agreement.
Dispute resolution can be used in many situations, including:
  • separation and divorce.
  • elder care or caregiving plans or concerns.
  • family disagreements.
  • power of attorney complaints.
  • will challenges.
  • non-family disputes.

Mediation allows you the autonomy to make decisions that work best for your situation. The benefits include retaining decision making power, reduced cost, efficiency, and creativity.

Arbitration allows you, and your legal advisor to define the process and the timeline. The benefits include not being bound by the court process, ability to select the arbitrator, cost-management, and finality.

Mediation-Arbitration allows you to participate in your resolution in 2 distinct phases, mediation and arbitration. The benefits include efficiency, reduction of issues brought to arbitration, continuity, and finality.

Each of these 3 confidential processes; performed by a properly training professional of your choice, have special value.