Arbitration


Arbitration is private judging. Arbitration is more formal and restrictive than mediation, but gives you flexibility and confidentiality you will not get from the court.  It can also save you court time and save you money from reduced attorney's fees.

In one sense, arbitration is like going to court:  each side may submit legal briefs, may take discovery, and usually will present live testimony.  The biggest difference is that the parties have much more of a say in the arbitration process:  they can agree to forego certain expensive aspects of litigation, they can keep more information confidential, and they have much more control over when the dispute will be decided.  Because you are  in essence hiring a "private judge" who works for the parties, not the government, you get to set many of the rules for the arbitration.

In arbitration, one or three arbitrators hear the case. In one sense, it’s like going to court: each side may submit legal briefs, may take discovery, and usually will present live testimony. The biggest difference is that the parties have much more of a say in the process: they can agree to forego certain expensive aspects of litigation, and they have much more control over when the dispute will be decided. Because you are in essence hiring a “private judge” who works for the parties, not the government, you get to set many of the rules.
 
The bottom line is, in arbitration you can control more of the process and timing, but it can still be expensive and a third party is making the final decision. It is a middle ground between mediation and litigation in court.

 

FAMILY LAW ARBITRATION

In Family law cases in Maryland, binding arbitration can be used for property issues but cannot be used to bind the court on child related issues such as child support, legal custody, or visitation.  The most common use of arbitration in separation and divuroce cases is when the parties cannot agree on how to divide personal property but do not want it sold at auction.

FULL, EXPERIENCED SERVICE AT A LOWER COST
  
Mr. Baum is experienced in deciding many types of cases, for example environmental, real estate, contract, consumer product and divorce property settlement disputes. In addition to his private sector cases, he has served as the highest judicial officer for a federal government agency, for which he judge and issued opinions in numerous cases. His arbitration services are less expensive–by about 50%– than arbitrators hired through national arbitration associations.
 
With Mr. Baum as your arbitrator, you get his undivided attention in a solid block of time, and not just scattered hearing days scheduled weeks or months apart. He gives you complete arbitration services, including as a standard feature, full written opinions. His ethic as an arbitrator is, if you take the trouble and expense to hire him, you are entitled to hearings and opinions when you need them.