Nowadays, taking legal action can be quite the hassle.
Even for something as simple as recovering an unpaid debt or repair costs for a car crash, the traditional litigation system has proved widely inefficient.
A small claims dispute takes a lot of steps: filing the appropriate claim, meeting your local jurisdiction requirements for that claim, completing the necessary paperwork (involving extensive research on your part), paying court fees, waiting weeks–and sometimes months–to attend your hearing, collecting all of your evidence, standing in front of a judge and presenting your arguments courteously and coherently...you get the picture. It's about as fun as it sounds. And that's not where it ends. Even if the court rules in your favor, the defendant can not pay the damages owed you, requiring you to pursue additional legal action to collect them. So even by doing everything required of you, you could end up with nothing to show for it.
All of this happens on your dime and time, and is rarely worth the effort expended. The inefficiency of the current small claims system calls for a real change in the way we resolve disputes.
Fortunately, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is becoming an increasingly popular method of settling legal disputes. Utilizing a variety of out-of-court tools such as arbitration, mediation, and negotiation, ADR offers multiple benefits:
- Cheaper: by streamlining resolutions and skirting the many legal bills that a plaintiff incurs, ADR saves both time and money for businesses and individuals.
- Efficient: ADR seeks the most amicable and effective solution to a dispute between two parties, meaning you won't have to wait weeks for your hearing to take place.
- Confidentiality: As opposed to court documents, statements and documents exchanged in ADR are kept confidential.
- Specialized & neutral arbitration: In ADR, the services of a neutral third party are often called upon. This individual utilizes their professional expertise in the specific matter disputed in order to seek the best solution.
- Cooperative & Collaborative: ADR gets to the heart of the matter and strives to help both parties reach an amicable and civilized resolution.
All of these perks are furthered in ODR, the online extension of Alternative Dispute Resolution. A number of online small claims dispute tools like Zeyo allow you to quickly and efficiently get your day in court, without having to go to court. The ADR system is becoming more increasingly popular, and offers professional and unbiased services while saving time and money, so that any legal action you take can be resolved intelligently and amiably. By moving away from archaic judicial systems, Alternative Dispute Resolution calls on common sense and digital tools to create efficient justice for all.