As a personal injury and civil case lawyer, sometimes it’s easier to come to a settlement via negotiation or arbitration rather than through a trial and legal proceeding. But what is the difference between hiring a lawyer for mediation, negotiation or arbitration?

The difference is subtle, but in a negotiation, two parties will come together to discuss an issue they are having, and reach a mutual agreement or solution to that issue. It’s been said that the best negotiations end when no one is happy. That’s how you know you’ve truly reached a compromise.

In arbitration, two parties will present their cases to an objective third party. This can be a lawyer, and it takes place outside a courtroom. In this case, the arbiter is the one who makes a final decision on what is to be done, and who is in the correct standing with the law.

Mediation is a mix of both. This is a situation where the arbiter will hear both sides of the issue, and then assist them to negotiate a compromise together.

For any legal situations that require mediation, negotiation, or arbitration, call Daniel An, Esq. for a free consultation.


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