Want to avoid court? Try ADR instead
Abstract: Disputes arise in all types of business. But they can be particularly nasty for construction companies, because there are so many entities trying to get paid for projects fraught with risk. Yet such disputes can often be resolved more easily and quickly if they avoid litigation altogether. This article looks at a variety of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods that offer effective ways to address different degrees of conflict severity. Besides negotiation, mediation and arbitration, there are smaller, more intermediate steps that can be considered. A sidebar explains what’s involved when all else fails and it’s necessary to go to court.