Maitland Arbitration Attorney
If you have reached a point in your business, commercial, or personal injury dispute where you cannot come to an agreement with the other party, it may be time to seek out the assistance of an experienced Maitland arbitrator. An arbitration attorney works to win your case outside of the courtroom through the process of arbitration. Here at the Hornsby Law Group, our Maitland arbitration attorneys can help you successfully resolve even the most complex legal disputes.
How Arbitration Works
Arbitration is the process of resolving a legal conflict with the assistance of a neutral third party, called an arbitrator. During arbitration, an arbitrator acts as a private judge. The arbitrator will hear arguments from both parties and make a final, legally binding decision that the two parties must uphold. Arbitration is often a more desirable method of conflict resolution than litigation, which is more expensive, part of the public record, and takes longer. Furthermore, unlike a court hearing in which a judge is assigned to the case at random, arbitration allows the two parties to use an arbitrator of their mutual choosing.
Benefits of Arbitration
Arbitration enables two opposing parties, along with their attorneys, to plead their cases to a neutral arbitrator acting as a judge. If this sounds like a court trial, you are not wrong. However, there are some considerable differences between arbitration and litigation, and some major advantages of arbitration, which is:
- Less expensive than litigation
- Less time intensive less time than litigation
- Flexible around your schedule, unlike litigation
- Confidential, unlike litigation which is part of the public record
- Legally binding, offering closure (unlike mediation)
The Downside of Arbitration
One of the only downsides to arbitration is that the decision made by the arbitrator is final (though this can also be considered a benefit of arbitration if you are seeking closure after months of getting nowhere with the other party). Because the arbitrator’s decision must be followed by both parties, it is essential to the success of your case that you work with a highly experienced Maitland arbitration attorney who has a proven track record of success.
Arbitration Vs. Mediation
Another out of court measure used to settle disputes is mediation. Mediation, which is often pursued before arbitration, is similar to arbitration in the sense that it does not involve a judge, jury, or lengthy court battle. Mediation employs a neutral third party, called a mediator—who is usually a retired judge or lawyer. However, unlike arbitration, a mediator does not make a final decision or act as a private judge. A mediator simply acts as a go-between so that both parties can effectively communicate without conflict. Any decision reached in mediation is not final. Furthermore, the two parties may not even reach a solution at all in mediation. If this occurs, the next step may simply be more negotiation, arbitration, or a court trial.
Call a Maitland Arbitration Attorney Today
Whether you have been accused of breaching an employment contract as an employer or you have an ongoing commercial dispute that is seemingly unresolvable, we can help. Call the Maitland arbitration attorneys at Hornsby Law Group today to schedule a free consultation.