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FAQ On Business Litigation

Business disputes are about much more than money. In many cases, relationships and livelihoods are on the line. That's why you need to be as informed as you can about what the considerations are.

At Chodos & Associates, we have decades of experience in helping clients resolve all types of business conflicts. Our law firm has a proven record of finding the way to do this most effectively in each particular situation.

Call 310-203-3888 to discuss your circumstances. Based in Los Angeles, we serve clients throughout Southern California.

What types of business disputes are a good fit to be resolved through alternatives to litigation?

The short answer is that all commercial disputes are potentially a good fit to be resolved outside of litigation by using processes such as arbitration or mediation.

To be sure, there are exceptions such as when disputes are especially bitter. But businesses generally tend to prefer alternative dispute resolution processes because of efficiency. Keeping costs down is usually an important factor in business disputes. Parties can also generally resolve the matter much quicker than would be the case in having to use the court system.

What are some of the keys to achieving your goals through negotiation without going to trial?

Negotiation is done most effectively when both sides can acknowledge strengths and weaknesses. When there is sufficient candor and transparency, the path toward settlement or some other sensible resolution can open.

Granted, this can be easier said than done. But being clear about facts and legal claims can be key to moving forward without having to engage in extended (and costly) business litigation. And if the other party is dragging their feet, you can still keep preparing your case for trial.

In a dispute between partners, why is it so important to be practical and not let emotions run rampant?

In a dispute between business partners, a sense of betrayal may be involved that makes it hard to keep emotions in check.

In some cases, it may be possible to resolve the matter without even letting the other party know an attorney is involved. David Manning Chodos could coach you on how to raise the issue with your partner in the most productive way.

In other cases, raising the prospect of legal action may be unavoidable. Here too, however, it is important not to overplay your hand in ways that make the other party dig in and refuse to consider a reasonable resolution.

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