Resolving Conflicts Through Alternative Methods

When a conflict arises, individuals and/or businesses may wish to pursue other avenues for resolution outside of courtroom litigation. Boling Rice LLC provides conflict management services, such as mediation and arbitration, designed to facilitate workable solutions.

What Is Mediation?

Mediation is a procedure in which parties meet and discuss their dispute with the assistance of a trained impartial third person, usually referred to as “the neutral” or “the mediator,” who assists them in reaching a settlement. The dispute may already be pending in a court or one in which the parties anticipate filing in court. The mediator does not decide the case; instead, the mediator assists the parties to fashion their own solution. Mediation works best when the mediator is a person with patience, persistence, and common sense. A good mediator also has an arsenal of negotiation techniques, as well as skill in: human dynamics, effective listening, articulation, and restatement. That is what you will find at Boling Rice LLC.

Many cases can be resolved through mediation. Examples include business or commercial transactions, divorce, domestic legal matters, employment issues and other matters. The good news is this: most disputes, when mediated, are resolved in one day!

Defining Arbitration

Arbitration involves a neutral person called an “arbitrator.” The arbitrator hears both arguments and evidence from either side of the dispute, before coming to a decision on the final outcome. Because arbitration is less formal than traditional litigation, the rules of evidence are often relaxed. There are two main forms of arbitration: binding and nonbinding. In binding arbitration, both parties agree to accept the arbitrator’s decision, and there is generally no right to appeal. In nonbinding arbitration, the parties may request a trial should they refuse to accept the arbitrator’s decision.

Learn How We Can Assist

To learn more about alternative dispute resolution techniques, or to schedule a mediation or arbitration call our office at 770.887.3162 or go to our home page and click the “schedule a mediation/arbitration” button. Boling Rice LLC provides dispute resolution assistance to clients throughout the Atlanta metro and North Georgia areas.