Minnesota Alternative Dispute Resolution
We are strong believers in resolving matters outside of court whenever possible. This is particularly true when the involved parties have an ongoing relationship, such as business partners, parents, and neighbors. In many instances you can save time, money, and relationships by agreeing to alternative methods of resolving disputes.
Because Alternative Dispute Resolutions or “ADR” is designed to find a solution that everyone can live with, the proceedings are often far less contentious. This method of resolving conflicts is beneficial to everyone involved, your dispute gets resolved and relationships tend to be less damaged when both parties feel they have been treated fairly.
When a dispute occurs between you and another party, it is important to hire an experienced attorney who can help you obtain a favorable outcome. In many cases, disputes can be resolved outside of court through negotiation, mediation, or arbitration. However, when necessary, we can be fully prepared to litigate the matter in court. Regardless of the circumstances, the attorneys at Grinde & Dicke Law Firm can help you get your matter resolved favorably so you can move forward.
Dispute Resolution FAQs
As opposed to judicial proceedings, ADR is an alternate means of resolving case issues. Mediation, Early Neutral Evaluation, or Arbitration are effective and commonly used methods of ADR.
- Both parties retain some level of control in the outcome.
- Both parties are given the opportunity to compromise.
- ADR can be significantly less expensive than litigation.
- ADR can be less stressful than litigation.
A meeting where a neutral professional (usually a current or former attorney or retired judge) assists parties to reach resolution. A mediator cannot and will not give legal advice. A mediator will typically facilitate discussions using a neutral approach, unless otherwise requested.
A meeting where a neutral professional (usually a current or former attorney or retired judge) assists parties to reach resolution by listening to each party’s position, and then offering an opinionated or evaluative recommendation or solution. An arbitrator cannot and will not give legal advice. An arbitration can be legally binding or not.
An Early Neutral Evaluation is a combination of a mediation and an arbitration. It can be social (custody and parenting time) or financial in nature.
A Social Early Neutral Evaluation involves two neutral professionals (one male, one female) who will hear presentations from each party as to their position. Following, they will meet and confer to deliver a recommendation that they believe a judge would make, given the same information.
A Financial Early Neutral Evaluation involves one professional who will often review the financial statements and documents of each party, and make a recommendation for property division, based on what he / she believes a judge would determine, given the same information.