The Michigan attorneys at Weisman, Young & Ruemenapp, P.C. are both knowledgeable, creative and trained in the use of alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") methodology as users and providers. One such form of ADR is arbitration.

Arbitration is a private, often voluntary dispute resolution process where the parties to a dispute agree in writing to submit the dispute for resolution to a neutral third party (the "Arbitrator"). The Arbitrator is chosen pursuant to the agreement of the parties. The parties present proofs and arguments to the Arbitrator. The Arbitrator then determines the facts, decrees and outcome. Many commercial contracts contain arbitration clauses requiring the parties to resolve their disputes through arbitration instead of through court proceedings. In an arbitration, the parties generally control the process. There is usually one arbitrator or a panel of three arbitrators. Often the arbitrator or arbitrators have special expertise appropriate for the subject matter of the dispute. This dispute resolution process is confidential and matters may be kept private. Because of its streamlined nature, arbitration can be faster and less expensive than court litigation if the parties properly tailor the process. Arbitrations generally result in a final and binding resolution. The arbitration process only addresses those disputes which the arbitrator has been given the power to resolve. This authority can be given by contract, order from a court of competent jurisdiction or legislative mandate. Our attorneys have received many hours of training to serve as arbitrators and, as a result, are able to guide our clients and represent their interests through the arbitration process. In addition, this training and knowledge also enables our attorneys to act as Arbitrators providing neutral arbitration services.

In addition to arbitration, other forms of ADR include (i) mediation, (ii) case evaluation, and (iii) additional alternative dispute resolution processes that are a variation or combination of one or more of the primary ADR alternatives. Each of the ADR processes have advantages and disadvantages. The attorneys at Weisman, Young & Ruemenapp, P.C. use their years of knowledge and experience in such ADR techniques in order to assist our clients in determining which, if any, of the ADR alternatives will help resolve their disputes. We believe that ADR saves money and time, is voluntary, is confidential, maintains betters relationships between the parties, allows for creativity, eliminates the artificial and sometimes intimidating formality of the court, improves communication and trust between the parties and keeps the parties in control of their solution. We have been trained to maximize the benefits of ADR for our client base, as well as to deliver ADR services as a provider in a fair, unbiased and effective manner.

Please contact Weisman, Young & Ruemenapp, P.C. at 248.258.2700 for additional information and to discuss how alternative dispute resolution may assist you in meeting your specific needs and objectives. Whether you are an attorney or judge seeking an independent mediator or arbitrator for an existing case, or are someone seeking counsel to represent you in connection with a mediation, arbitration or other ADR matter, let the attorneys at Weisman, Young & Ruemenapp, P.C. assist you with this process.