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Arbitration FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Entering into the legal process can be intimidating. However, with arbitration, you can control the process and timing of your case.

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Cost

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Substantially higher - rarely, but can be even higher than the litigation process in court because in addition to discovery, motions, and a trial, you are paying out of pocket for the judge. But the parties, or arbitrator, can issue rules to limit the expenses.

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Time for Resolution

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You set the schedule with the private judge (the "arbitrator"), but with briefs, discovery, and a trial, legal arbitration can be lengthy. Usually, appeals are not available.

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Types of Cases for which process is most appropriate

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All cases except for child custody and support (although arbitrator can issue advisory opinions in those type cases).

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Confidentiality

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Depends upon the rules the parties establish. At a minimum, if the arbitrator's decision is filed with the court for registering or enforcement, it will be available for public inspection.

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Decision-maker

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The arbitrator.

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Outcome

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Arbitrator issues a final decision, which generally cannot be appealed.