When legal issues arise, the first thought is to go to court in order to achieve resolution. In some cases, that may very well be the best option. In other cases, going that far may not be necessary. Alternative dispute resolution methods exist to help Oregon business owners and residents solve their legal disputes without the cost and stress of litigation. Mediation is one such method.

Mediation is where both sides of a legal dispute meet to negotiate the matter. This they will do with a third party — called a mediator — present. The mediator’s job is not to take sides. He or she is charged with the following tasks, among other things:

  • Define the problem
  • Offer solutions
  • Supervise information exchange
  • Help draft a settlement agreement

Mediation can work in most cases. It does require both parties to be actively involved and be willing to negotiate. The benefits of utilizing this ADR method are many, a few include:

  • Saves time
  • Saves money
  • Keeps matters private
  • Is procedurally simple

No one wants to go to court. Litigation is something Oregon business owners and residents may only want to consider as a last resort. Alternative dispute resolution methods, if used properly, can offer closure to certain issues without having to go through the stress or expense of fighting things out in front of a judge. Those who would like to learn more about mediation in order to determine if it is the right fit for their cases can turn to legal counsel to obtain the information that they require.