Brian D., as an Arbitrator
Serving as an arbitrator is a lot like going before a judge in court. You are expected to present your case. Brian says “Unlike mediation, in arbitration I do not help guide the parties to a resolution. I don’t give an opinion. I mostly sit and listen.” While the legal formalities and rules of evidence may not be as strict in arbitration, it is still a formal process and should be used with the guidance of an attorney. Arbitration is rarely used as an alternative dispute resolution method when the parties are represented by attorneys.
It is more common for the parties, or their attorneys, to agree to arbitrate an issue that they were unable to agree on in mediation or an issue the court refers to arbitration. Often, you see this in the division of household furnishings or in dealing with family pets. Admittedly, it is rarely used but is an effective method of reaching a resolution without involving the legal system and incurring exorbitant amount of attorney fees.
If you want to know more about Brian, please give him a call. He is an open-minded person who is easy to converse with. You will enjoy your time with him. Take a look at his testimonials.