ADR stands for Alternative Dispute Resolution. It is an alternative to going to court. There are four types of ADR, namely: Arbitration, Neutral Evaluation, Settlement Conference and Mediation. ADR is a faster, more confidential and more amicable alternative to a lawsuit. Arbitration is the most formal of them, but mediation is the most widely used. In mediation or arbitration, your case can be over in months instead of years.
Bankruptcy means that you are seeking an opportunity to get a “fresh start” so you can get back on strong financial footing. That often means forfeiting some of your property through a process within the bankruptcy court or negotiating with your creditors within the bankruptcy court. Be sure that bankruptcy is what you want before you hire a bankruptcy lawyer. Once you file, your credit is shot for at least 7 years. You should find out if there are other legal options to deal with your creditors first.
Most trial lawyers represent you through your trial. They will not handle your appeal. An appeal is usually a separate engagement. It is very costly and highly technical. If you lost your case, it is very tempting to blast off an appeal. Be sure that you want to do that. If you lose, the other side can be awarded attorneys fees and costs, further compounding your predicament.
When a breach of contract occurs, it is important to consider all your options. Do not yank out your contract and go the enforcement page first. Is this a relationship you wish to salvage? Are there less combative options? Is the offending party such a repeat offender that only a lawsuit will do. Let’s talk.
Divorce and legal separation come with a great deal of emotion. People are hurt, the family is breaking apart, finances are being torn apart. It is not often that both sides want out. So, there are folks that just want to litigate the other into the stone age. To which the litigation lawyer say, well, now you’re talking! Let’s take a breather. It may be that a lawsuit is the ultimate path. How will you be sure unless you consider all options?
Losing a job can be devastating. So is on the job discrimination or enduring a hostile work environment. Why were you terminated. Is your employer an absolute monster to deal with? Not all employers are ogres. There are those that want to smooth your path to your next stage. What is your ERISA policy? Do you need to file a complaint with the EEOC. Why are your wages not paid? Are you an independent contractor?
So, you move into your “paradise” only to find out it is run by a board on an ego trip. You suffer damage to your home only to be told you can’t rebuild what you want? Your HOA is trying to collect from you and have put your home in non-judicial foreclosure. You can’t get your neighbor to stop being a pest. Someone is using your common area for their business. Do you know about your governing documents? Is it time to get involved in governance of your HOA?
There are general disputes that do not fall within any given category like insurance disputes, heirs, estates, or other issues you may be facing.
In insurance coverage, for example, it is often said that your insurance works perfectly as long as you do not need it. All insurance companies are not the same, but there are some that just love to deny coverage. Should your claim be covered? Handling a loss or defending a case when you should be covered can be very costly and stressful. Is it your medical coverage? Is your treatment medically necessary?
For estates matters, are you having issues as trustee or beneficiary of an estate? Do the heirs feel that they are not properly represented. It is prudent to explore where the bottlenecks lie before jumping into unnecessary ligitation.
The landlord is entrusting premises to the tenant. The tenant has a right to enjoy the premises without harassment or interference with the tenancy. It is your home and your home should not be a war zone. Most landlord tenant relations go along swimmingly. However, there are times when friction occurs. How do you handle these? Below are some of the issues that may arise out of the landlord and tenant relationship.
When you get injured at work, home, from an accident, in a public place or injured by your doctor, etc, your recovery is uppermost in your mind. When your property is damaged, how should go about fixing it? Is there someone who should be responsible. Most property damage case go along with the injuries sustained. Personal injury lawyers work on contingency mostly. That means that they do not get paid unless they recover for you and then will be entitled to a percentage (normally from one-third) of your recovery. Know your rights before you decide what to do.
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