What is alternative dispute resolution?
Alternative dispute resolution, which is often referred to simply as “ADR,” is a way of resolving a legal dispute without the need for litigation or a trial. In Texas, the use of alternative dispute resolution is governed by the Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures Act.
There are several different types of alternative dispute resolution, with the most common being arbitration and mediation.
No matter what type of alternative dispute resolution is being employed, the general procedure is for a neutral third party to listen to both sides of the dispute and help the parties find common ground to come up with a mutually agreeable solution. The process is informal and does not take place inside a courtroom.
Alternative dispute resolution can be beneficial to both sides of the dispute. In general, alternative dispute resolution is quicker and less expensive than litigation.
An experienced lawyer can help you decide if alternative dispute resolution is right for your situation. In some types of alternative dispute resolution, you can also be represented by a lawyer during the process. It is always best to seek the advice of a qualified lawyer before entering into any dispute resolution procedure.