The ADR Process

ADR Process



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Alternative Dispute Resolution
is an informal process by which the parties to a legal dispute meet with a third party “neutral” who will assist them in settling the case.  This format poses several decided advantages over litigation and the inevitable expensive march toward trial. 


First and foremost, the parties have significant control over the format of the proceeding.  Selection of the neutral, ground rules, timing, and the ability to end the process at any time are all typically under the parties’ control.  This allows them to create a comfortable setting and an optimal environment for resolving the case. 


Secondly, ADR allows for the direct involvement of the parties, as opposed to litigation, which is primarily a forum open only to attorneys. 


Finally, because ADR fosters a cooperative approach to legal disputes, the parties are less likely to bear ill will against each other and dissatisfaction from the outcome of a long and costly trial.

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