A Brief Overview of Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Alternative dispute resolution, or using mediation and arbitration in lieu of litigation, may be recommended under certain circumstances. According to Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute, settling out of court pertains to neutral evaluation, negotiation, conciliation, mediation, and arbitration.

This type of process may be in the best interests of the parties involved due to time constraints, litigation costs, and other factors. The Legal Information Institute also states that engaging in alternative dispute resolution may be available in some, but not all, states. Alternative dispute resolution programs may be mandatory in some instances and voluntary in others.

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