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Many court cases take a year or more to go to trial, and cost tens of thousands of dollars or more in legal fees and expert witness fees. Generally, even the winner is not content with the outcome because of the time lost and money spent in reaching a resolution.
Resolving a case through mediation or arbitration provides a cost-efficient, timely resolution for clients. Mediation is most effective as an opportunity to communicate when the parties aim to resolve the matter. Arbitration is a more efficient means to reach a disputed final outcome when the matter cannot be resolved.
Alternative dispute resolution has become a preferred legal process. Any civil matters filed with the courts must now utilize an alternative dispute resolution process before going to trial. By far, mediation is the most common form of alternative dispute resolution.
The law firm of Barna, Guzy & Steffen offers mediation in both business and family matters. We also offer arbitration services in construction defect, employment, family, labor, and real estate cases. Family law matters strongly encourage mediation prior to a court case. Unlike binding arbitration, mediation is not a final decision imposed on the parties. Mediation is binding only if the parties reach an agreement at the end of the process and choose to make that agreement binding.
Family law matters strongly encourage mediation prior to a court case. Unlike binding arbitration, mediation is not a final decision imposed on the parties. Mediation is binding only if the parties reach an agreement at the end of the process and choose to make that agreement binding.
Business, construction, consumer, contract, employment, and labor cases are areas where alternative dispute resolution is particularly valuable. Rather than relying on a general practice mediator or judge or jury to understand and apply complex or nuanced areas, mediation and arbitration offer the parties an avenue to allow individuals with focused experience in these areas to assist in providing either a voluntary (mediated) agreement or a binding (arbitrated) outcome.
The law firm of Barna, Guzy & Steffen offers several types of business and family mediation including:
We also offer several types of family and business arbitration including:
If you would like more information about the mediation or arbitration process or would like to set up a time to meet with one of our Rule 114 Qualified Neutrals, please contact us.
Please call our offices to inquire about making an appointment to speak with an attorney. The knowledgeable staff will be able to answer your questions regarding the appointment and make sure that everyone is prepared for the initial consultation.
While some attorneys have free initial consultations, there are some areas of law that require a small fee for an initial consultation. You will be informed of any and all fees associated when you call to make an appointment.
Our attorneys offer highly sought-after professional services for which there is an associated fee. These fees will be discussed in your initial consultation.
Billing and payments are determined by individual attorneys who will discuss these issues with clients at their initial appointments.
Our attorneys and staff are professionals experienced in providing legal services with efficiency and the utmost of client confidentiality. Trust, dedication, and professionalism are essential to the success of any business relationship. We believe these characteristics are the essence of integrity, and we strive to nurture these values within our firm. Since our inception, the attorneys at Barna, Guzy & Steffen have been committed to providing comprehensive legal services within the framework of professional excellence.
Listen to your Miranda Rights.
Request to speak with an attorney in private. Your Miranda warning will be read to you by the arresting officer. It is very important that you pay attention to every word of these rights.
If you are placed under arrest, the officer has most likely completed an investigation leading to the belief that there was probable cause that you committed a crime. At this point, the officer has made their decision. Do not think that you could say or do anything to change the officer’s mind.
Do not resist arrest. Resisting arrest could subject you to further criminal charges if you go too far. Additionally, your attitude toward the arresting officer, if negative or volatile, will be presented as supporting a guilty verdict. In general, juries do not react favorably to a person who fights with police and will most likely see this is as evidence of guilt.
If convicted, the prosecution could use any negative conduct to support a harsher sentence. In short, displaying aggressive behavior toward police will only cause trouble. Even if you are scared, angry, or are experiencing high anxiety, you must maintain composure and politely request to speak to an attorney in private.
The law firm of Barna, Guzy & Steffen offers dedicated attorneys who effectively and efficiently handle your legal needs with the highest level of professionalism.