The Top 5 Reasons to Avoid Taking Your Case to Court
Alternatives That Help You Save Time and Money
Resolving a case can be a long and arduous process, more so if you end up taking it to court. It’s not always necessary to file a lawsuit to have your problem resolved. There are various alternatives to legal action, known as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), that ca n save you time and money.
Many civil lawsuits today are successfully settled without a trial. Resolving a legal case doesn’t necessarily mean you have to step into a courtroom and undergo a stressful litigation experience.
Here are five good reasons why going to court isn’t always the best solution.
1. Time Consuming
Going through a trial can take months or years. On the other hand, dispute resolution alternatives take a lot less time to settle problems. In mediation, a neutral third party helps facilitate a settlement between both sides. You and the other party talk through the issues and try to reach an acceptable solution with the help of the mediator. This can take as fast as a couple of hours. Mediation is meant to be quick, private, and flexible.
When you factor in the legal costs incurred in resolving a case in court, including the written discovery and oral discovery motions, time you take off from work, you may find it more affordable to resolve a dispute out of the court system. You can save on costs and fees associated with going to court and paying for expert witnesses. More importantly, you can avoid taking off from work and keep your hard-earned salary intact.
3. Less Flexible
When filing a court action, you’ll undergo various rigid legal processes, i.e., motions to dismiss, change of venue, etc. It also involves plenty of costly paperwork, while alternative dispute resolution gives you flexible and cheaper options. You and the other party can choose the right solution that addresses your problem effectively. Importantly, this must be agreed upon before the dispute arises in most cases. From mediation to arbitration or negotiation, you can select an appropriate process that fits your dispute.
4. Gives You Less Control
On the other hand, an alternative dispute resolution gives you more control over your case. In negotiation, you and the opposing party are free to discuss the necessary steps to resolve the dispute. It may occur directly between two parties or indirectly through the assistance of attorneys.
You can take an active role in choosing a viable solution. Moreover, you can create a solution that goes beyond what a court can do. You’ll more likely be satisfied with the outcome when you actively participate in resolving the case.
5. Often Ends in Acrimony
More often than not, the relationship between the two parties is tarnished after a lengthy and stressful trial. When all is said and done, it’s tough to maintain a good relationship with the other party. An alternative dispute resolution, however, avoids further conflict and promotes better relationships through cooperation and clear communication. Mediation is especially a far less adversarial approach when dealing with conflicts.
Time is money; this is especially true in the legal world where additional time spent in resolving a dispute leads to more costs and expenses. We know that your time is precious, and so we will use the fastest, most feasible, and least expensive option to settle your case. Whether you need help and advice in resolving commercial, financial, or business disputes, we’re ready to assist you in every step of the way.