During a civil dispute, most people are under the notion that the only way to get a fair deal is by taking the case before the court of law. Filing a lawsuit is by no means difficult. However, the aftermath including the court proceedings, draining of resources including time and money in not always worth the effort. Even if you opt for a lawsuit settlement, it may involve taking loans, falling pray to different agencies, meeting strict deadline and after all this, you may still get a raw deal.
There are a number of alternatives that may facilitate you in settling your dispute before taking it to the court. Let us discuss some of the most popular ones
Many people often go for arbitration as a suitable alternative to lawsuits. Here, both the defendant as well as the plaintiff will be required to submit their disputes to a third party, who is usually an attorney. He will listen to both parties and legally decide on the settlement. It must be noted here his decisions are not end all. If either party is satisfied with the verdict, they can settle the matter there. Or else, they can go ahead and file a lawsuit.
During this settlement, a third party will be present. However, he would not take a neutral stance. He would in fact try to foster better communication between the two parties. This form of settlement often helps in resolving the matter without delay and prevents from filing the lawsuit.
Another alternative to lawsuits, this settlement involves a neutral third party who will scrutinize the case. His job involves presenting facts and advising on the various ways to settle the dispute. People who staunchly want to avoid filing lawsuits and prefer to negotiate on their own may go for this type of settlement.
If you wish to avoid a lawsuit, you can consider mediation as an effective mean of settlement. Here too, both the parties present their case for hearing to a neutral third party. At the end of the process, he would present the outcome of the settlement. Unlike an arbitrator who merely gives a verdict on the case, a mediator considers both sides. Thereafter he helps the parties to come to an agreement regarding the settlement.
You are not obliged to seek alternatives and may still file a lawsuit. However, it is often recommended that you make the last attempt to resolve your dispute before turning it into a lawsuit.