Contract Violations

Ideally, you will never experience a contract violation. If you do find that someone has violated an agreement with you, the first response is to let them know and give them an opportunity to rectify the mistake.

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If that doesn’t work, you may need to file a lawsuit. Litigation can be expensive and take a long time, but depending on your losses, may be the best or only option. But first, talk with a trusted attorney and get some advice about the possibility of using either arbitration or mediation to solve the dispute.

Arbitration and Mediation

If both you and the person or business involved in the disputed contract agree, you can decide to solve the issue through arbitration or mediation, which tends to be faster and less expensive than litigation. Both of these alternatives employ a third party to resolve the dispute, but arbitration is often considered binding, whereas mediation may not be. In arbitration, a panel of arbitrators listen to evidence and then render a decision. The proceedings are often designed to replace a trial by jury or a judge’s ruling, and therefore can lead to a more final decision. Mediation, on the other hand, generally employs a single mediator to listen to both parties and facilitate discussion so that the parties involved can come to a mutually acceptable decision.

For more information about arbitration and mediation, you can visit the American Arbitration Association or United States Arbitration and Mediation 

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