Alternative Dispute Resolution
If you’re involved in a civil dispute, going to trial may not be a foregone conclusion. The state of Maryland and the District of Columbia makes a number of alternative dispute resolution options available to its residents. At Planta & Satin, LLC, we can provide you with guidance, advice and representation during the alternative dispute resolution process. Located in Rockville, in the heart of Montgomery County Maryland, we offer qualified and experienced assistance throughout the ADR process, whether you go through negotiations, mediation, arbitration or collaborative law resolution.
Most civil disputes, of which domestic disputes constitute the largest percentage, are resolved in part, or in entirety, by an agreement between the parties. Many civil disputes are resolved before the filing of a formal complaint. The courts and others offer a variety of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes to help people resolve disputes without a trial. ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.
Alternative Dispute Resolution is a general term encompassing various techniques for resolving conflict outside of court using a neutral third party. When strategically applied in the context of enforcement negotiations, ADR has proven to be a useful tool in overcoming impasse, improving the efficiency of difficult negotiations, and achieving durable settlements.
ADR is generally classified into at least four types: negotiation, mediation, collaborative, and arbitration:
- Negotiation. Negotiation is voluntary and may, or may not, involve a third-party negotiator who facilitates the resolution process.
- Mediation. Mediation may, or may not be voluntary. In mediation there is a third party, a mediator, who facilitates the resolution process (and may even suggest a resolution, typically known as a “mediator’s proposal”), but does not impose a resolution on the parties. Parties may each have their own attorney(s) present at during the mediation. Parties may also have his/her attorney review any proposed settlement.
- Collaborative Law. Collaborative law is a formalized process where each party has an attorney who facilitates the resolution process within specifically contracted terms. The parties reach agreement with support of the attorneys who are trained in the process and with mutually-agreed experts. No one imposes a resolution on the parties.
- Arbitration. In arbitration participation is typically voluntary, and there is a third party who, as a private judge, imposes a resolution.
Areas We Serve
Planta & Satin, LLC, is proud to serve residents throughout the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. The areas we serve include, but are not limited to:
- District of Columbia, Washington D.C.
- Wheaton-Glenmont, MD
- Bethesda, Chevy Chase MD
- College Park, MD
- Hagerstown, MD
- Rockville, MD
- Gaithersburg, MD
- Landover, MD
- Frederick, MD
- Germantown, MD
- Wheaton, MD
- Silver Spring, MD
- North Potomac, MD
- Derwood, MD
- Takoma Park, MD
- Montgomery County, MD
Call Today for Qualified Legal Experience
Alternative dispute resolution options provide viable alternatives to going to trial. The state of Maryland recognizes several different types of ADR, including negotiation and mediation. While these are out-of-court solutions, you still need experienced and qualified legal guidance and representation. Planta & Satin, LLC, located in Rockville, MD, are certified in the area of alternative dispute resolution and can provide you with the representation you need to help ensure a positive outcome to your issues.