If you are forced into litigation, you have no say who will serve as the judge in your case. This is not the situation you are facing if you opt for arbitration. For many, arbitration is not voluntary; there are often arbitration clauses contained in contracts. One of the many benefits of using arbitration versus going to court is privacy; rather than have your disputes aired publicly, arbitration is private, only the involved parties, and the arbitrator are aware of the proceedings.
Keep in mind, even if you are involved in a dispute without a contract requiring arbitration, the involved parties can still agree to arbitration. However, this also means the parties must agree to accept the outcome; decided by one arbitrator, or a panel of arbitrators.
Even if you are involved in a dispute which may be using arbitration, you need an attorney. The “case” will be put on in a similar manner to a court hearing including hearing from witnesses, and presentation of evidence. If you are involved in a dispute and need help with the arbitration process McHenry, Boone, Winnebago and Cook counties in Northern Illinois, contact The Law Office of John Gaffney. I can help guide you through this process, and help ensure you understand your rights.