Many construction firms have never had a legal dispute that couldn’t be resolved quickly and amicably without a lawyer. But for those who aren’t so lucky, it can sometimes be surprising to take a good look at a construction agreement to see what legal remedies are available and find that a traditional jury trial is not even an option.
In those cases, the last legal stop could be arbitration.
Contractors sometimes conflate arbitration with mediation, which is another form of alternative dispute resolution in which contractors try to work out their differences with the assistance of a neutral third party well versed in construction law who is only there to be a sounding board.
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