Process: Arbitration

A.    DESCRIPTION OF PROCESS:          
In arbitration the parties select a neutral third party who acts in a quasi-judicial capacity.  The parties and their lawyers have a hearing.  The third party has the authority to make decisions, and those decisions are binding on the parties, subject only to very limited rights of appeal.  The arbitrator’s decision can be converted into a court order and enforced.
           
B.    POSSIBLE ADVANTAGES:   
Arbitration has many possible advantages, including avoiding delays inherent in the court process and the costs to a great extent.  The parties can also maintain confidentiality and privacy throughout the process, and with respect to the end result.  The court conciliation process is not necessary.  The procedures are more relaxed than court, and also more adaptable and flexible.        
    
C.    POSSIBLE DISADVANTAGES:   
Some of the possible disadvantages of the arbitration process are, first of all, that there is an extra cost associated with the arbitrator’s fees, which may or may not increase the overall costs.  Secondly, there is little or no development in the jurisprudence, since arbitration awards are not made public; and, thirdly, the authority of an arbitrator may be much more limited than that of a judge, both process-wise and substantively.
           
D.    HOW TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT:          
You can set up an appointment by contacting my assistant, Josie Ramsay, at 902-434-6181 or jramsay@bellaliant.com
    
E.    FEES:   
My assistant, Josie, will explain to you the fees associated with an initial appointment.  Fees for representation will be discussed with you at your initial appointment.
    
F.    CLIENT INFORMATION FORM:          
Client Information Form is attached.  Please fill out the form and provide it to my assistant, Josie, or bring it with you to your initial appointment.