Mediation & Arbitration in Massachusetts
Coming to an effective solution for clients
When your legal dispute is referred for arbitration or mediation, it’s important to remember that you are still involved in an adversarial legal process. You are entering an unfamiliar arena, where your opponent is likely to have a distinct advantage. Moreover, if you agree to binding arbitration, you are giving up any and all rights to appeal the decision. Attorney Melinda Milberg has more than 35 years experience helping parties through mediation and deciding cases as an arbitrator to arrive at truly just decisions.
What’s the difference between arbitration and mediation?
Mediation can be seen as the first step in a two-step process. During mediation, parties may argue over the interpretation of a clause in a contract or a fair award for damaged property. The mediator will work with them to forge an agreement. They will not impose a result, but rather help them achieve it. If the parties can’t agree, the dispute might move to arbitration, where a neutral arbitrator will listen, then render a decision. In non-binding arbitration, the parties can reject the decision and then move on to binding arbitration or trial. In binding arbitration, parties agree to abide by whatever the arbitrator decides, and there is no appeal.
Each stage of this process requires preparation, execution and high-level decision-making, weighing costs and benefits and anticipating consequences. As an arbitrator, Attorney Milberg is well prepared, understanding the relevant law and finding material to reach a just decision.
Arbitration is designed to reach a fair outcome without the expense and time of a trial. When it is voluntary, arbitration helps many people who might otherwise be shut out of the justice system by high costs. Now you’re arbitrating because you must. You need Attorney Milberg to deliver the professionalism it takes to reach a fair decision.
Contact a well-respected Natick, Massachusetts arbitration and mediation firm
If your dispute has been referred for arbitration or mediation, don’t delay. Call Attorney Milberg today at 508-655-6800 or contact Attorney Milberg online to schedule an appointment.