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Settle a Case Out of Court (ADR)

Going to court is not always the best way to solve a legal dispute because it can be costly, time-consuming and very stressful. Other ways to solve legal problems are called "alternative dispute resolution" or ADR. Common types of ADR include mediation, arbitration, and neutral evaluation.

Reasons to use ADR

  • an independent, neutral third person (a "neutral") listens to the facts from all sides and tries to focus on the core issues
  • a settlement can often be reached more quickly than in a court process
  • parties can save money by using ADR rather than going to court, which may involve attorneys fees and other costs
  • parties are often more satisfied with the outcome of ADR, especially if thedispute involves family members
  • a law or court order might require the parties to use ADR

About Mediation and ADR

ADR Service Providers

You can find service providers by getting referrals from community agencies, friends, employers, religious advisers, and other people you trust. The resources listed below may be one option for you.

NOTE: The Minnesota Judicial Branch makes no endorsement or warranty of quality of services by linking to an organization from this website.

 

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