Are you dealing with an issue that is going to require a little legal assistance to resolve? It does not matter if it is a real estate issue, business problem or estate law matter, litigation is not always necessary or the best way to handle such a situation. Instead, alternative dispute resolution methods may be the better option for handling legal issues in the state of Oregon.

Going to court can be expensive, and it can drag out a problem for much longer than is necessary. It is not always in your best interest to take an issue to court. Some things can be resolved through mediation or arbitration. What is the difference?

If you choose to go to mediation, it means that you and the other party are willing to sit down and negotiate a resolution to your problem. Legal counsel can be present when you do this, along with a mediator. A mediator’s job is not to side with either party but to keep the conversation going. How long it takes to reach a solution is different for everyone.

If you choose arbitration, it means you feel that negotiating the issue is not going to cut it. You require one or more people to make a decision in your case. Arbitration is a lot like going to court. You and the party will have the opportunity to present your case at a hearing, and one or more arbitrators will get to issue ruling on the matter. It is informal litigation, if you will, that is streamlined and less expensive than going to court.

If you have a legal issue that needs resolving and you feel that fighting it out in an Oregon court will not serve your best interests, an alternative dispute resolution method may be just what you need. To learn more about the ADR methods mentioned above, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website. Here, you will also learn why having an experienced attorney on your side when utilizing an ADR method could benefit your case.