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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Litigation is time consuming, extremely expensive, and risky. In a trial, a judge or jury will make the final decision and both sides must live with the decision, subject to appeal. Lawyers have attempted to lessen the risk and cost to their clients of taking a case to trial by developing different, less expensive ways to resolve disputes. These methods include mediation, arbitration, neutral evaluation, and collaborative law. The lawyers at Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, APC ("ARCR"), were in the forefront in developing and supporting the alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") system currently used by the San Mateo County Superior Court. In addition, Charles M. Riffle has an extensive mediation and collaborative law practice in the family law, probate, and civil arenas to help litigants settle their cases quickly and inexpensively. The nature of Mr. Riffle's practice in those areas is explained in greater detail elsewhere on this website.

The lawyers at ARCR encourage their clients involved in litigation to seek final determinations using the various ADR options offered by the court. Since all methods of dispute resolution, except arbitration, operate exclusively by the consent of all parties, no one can force one party to accept any settlement. By this method, the clients are able to retain better control over the final decision in the case. The careful preparation and negotiation expertise, which are the hallmarks of ARCR lawyers, allow our clients to maximize their results during alternative dispute resolution.

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