Q How many different ways can a lawsuit be resolved?

A Once a lawsuit has been filed, a process commences that will not end until the lawsuit is resolved in one of several different ways. The method of choice to resolve a lawsuit is through a process called alternative dispute resolution (ADR). This process involves 2 main approaches: mediation of the dispute and arbitration.

Mediation is a method in which a third party intervenes and assists the disputing parties to come to a joint resolution. The mediator will use methods that encourage the disputing parties to communicate with each other and listen to the other party’s point of view so a win-win situation is produced as a final resolution. Many mediators have legal training. However, legal training is not mandatory to conduct a mediation. An individual who is knowledgeable about the area of dispute can be equally qualified to act...

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