When dealing with a legal matter in the state of Oregon, figuring out the best way to resolve the issue can be difficult. Should one go to court, or should one consider an alternative dispute resolution method? There are pros and cons to both of those options. This week's column will discuss the advantage and disadvantages of both ADR and litigation.
When dealing with a legal issue, wanting to keep the matter out of court is understandable. Most people want to avoid litigation if they can. Alternative dispute resolution methods do exist and can be the best course of action. Not only can utilizing ADR methods prevent litigation, they can also save Oregon residents time and money if gone about the right way.
No one wants to go to court to settle a dispute if they can avoid it. After all, litigation can be drawn out and expensive. Alternative dispute resolution methods exist to help those who wish to avoid court do just that. ADR can work in most cases, if all involved parties are willing to put in the work and negotiate. Unfortunately, some in Oregon and elsewhere may find ADR does not always work out as they had hoped.
If you have a loved one who passed away recently, and you or someone else has an issue with the contents of his or her will -- or lack thereof -- you may find yourself in an Oregon probate court, fighting things out. Rather than estate litigation, though, you could consider mediation as an alternative to going to court. Why might you want to take a chance on mediation?
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.
In life, conflict is normal, and people need to work together to find acceptable resolutions. Sometimes, that is not possible, and certain matters may have to be taken to court. Sometimes, going to court may seem extreme, but some assistance in resolving the matter is deemed necessary by all parties involved in the issue. This is where arbitration -- an alternative dispute resolution method that is available to Oregon residents -- comes into play.
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.