When it comes to resolving civil disputes in North Carolina, a trial before a judge or jury is not the only option. You can use our arbitration services in Monroe, North Carolina to reach a resolution to your case outside of the courtroom. Essentially, the parties (or their lawyers) pick a private person or persons to decide the case rather than a judge. Our experienced North Carolina arbitrators may have particular skills in an area of the law that can help cut down on expenses and time necessary to move forward. In a trial, significant time often must be spent to bring the judge up to speed.
Unfortunately, courts are backed up now more than ever due to Covid. Getting a court date may take many months. Arbitration can get your case decided quicker. In arbitration, an experienced arbitrator will decide the outcome of your case.
Did you know that a successful arbitration can significantly reduce the time you spend on a dispute? If you are interested in this, contact Plyler, Long & Corigliano, LLP today.
Arbitration Vs. Mediation
Any method of dispute resolution that doesn’t involve a courtroom is classified under alternative dispute resolutions (ADR). Arbitration and mediation are two of the most commonly used types of ADR. Essentially, the aim of ADR is to help the involved parties reach an agreement while saving the money, time, and energy usually invested in a drawn-out litigation process.
Although arbitration and mediation are similar in some ways, they also have key differences. Negotiations during mediation, for instance, are driven by the two involved in the dispute, while the mediator takes on a neutral, third-party role.
On the other hand, in an arbitration, the arbitrator is a decision-making role, similar to a judge. The arbitrator can pass binding judgments on specific areas of conflict among the disputing parties. It is also important to know that, unlike mediation, arbitration is not automatically court-ordered for family law cases. The parties have to choose to arbitrate.
Arbitration in North Carolina
North Carolina was the first state in the United States to adopt an arbitration statute specific to family law issues. To date, it remains one of the most comprehensive pieces of legislation on family law arbitration. A divorcing couple, for example, can agree to arbitration on all issues that arise from the divorce process, except the divorce itself.
Besides family law issues, arbitration can be used to solve disputes in a wide range of cases. At Plyler, Long & Corigliano, LLP, our Arbitration Services in Monroe, North Carolina cover the following civil litigation disputes:
- Breach of contract
- Debt collection
- Boundary line disputes
- Business disputes
- Will challenges
- Estate disputes
- Title disputes
Who Arbitrates a Dispute?
When two parties agree to arbitration in writing, they can also decide who they would like to serve as an arbitrator in their case. The default option is a single arbitrator, but the parties could also opt for a panel of several arbitrators.
In the event two disputing parties cannot agree on an arbitrator or the exact number they would like in their arbitration panel, the court will usually appoint a single arbitrator for the case. North Carolina courts or the parties can choose arbitrators from established organizations. As in mediation, the cost of the arbitrator is the responsibility of the parties.
Monroe Mediation Services
Our Monroe law firm offers mediation services to aid you and the opposing party in reaching a fair resolution that satisfies both parties. In the family court system in Union County, mediation is mandatory for child custody and equitable distribution claims filed with the court (litigation). However, mediation services may also be used as an alternative to litigation.
In equitable distribution, the parties meet with their respective lawyers and a trained mediator to arrive at a mutually satisfactory agreement that ultimately ends their dispute. A mediator serves as an unbiased party who aids the parties in communicating and reaching a settlement.
You will have access to mediation services with professional family law attorneys who have the precise skills and expertise that you need to help settle your case. We will help create a negotiation environment of cooperation and respect that is necessary to ensure your best chances of a successful resolution of your case.
Contact Plyler, Long & Corigliano, LLP Today
Plyler, Long & Corigliano, LLP has been serving the North Carolina area since 1980. Our approach is professional, high-quality, and fully-personalized. We have experience and a history of success in arbitrating disputes in a wide range of practice areas. If you have a dispute you would like arbitrated successfully, contact our office today at 704-289-2519 to schedule a consultation with one of our top attorneys.
From our Monroe office, we proudly serve the people of Union, Anson, and Stanly Counties including but not limited to Waxhaw, Wesley Chapel, Indian Trail, Weddington, Unionville, Mineral Springs, Lake Park, Stallings, Hemby Bridge, and Wingate.
With over 140 years of combined legal experience, you can trust your case with us.
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