Talking to the Other Side: Options
Negotiation can resolve many legal problems. You can negotiate on your own behalf to solve many minor disputes. Before negotiating a problem, learn how courts might handle your case, and figure out your legal goals. Learn about evaluating your situation and how to conduct legal research.
There are several ways to negotiate with the other side.
- Write a letter to the other side to try to work it out.
- Call the other side to meet and try to work out a compromise.
- Use the complaint and mediation services of a government agency.
- Mediation - Use a neutral third party to try and reach an agreement. Learn more about mediation.
- Arbitration - Use a neutral third party to try to decide what is fair.
Consider preparing for a negotiation by doing your own legal research on the topic.
Finally, consider hiring an attorney to review papers or provide advice rather than seeking full representation, sometimes called limited scope representation.
Edited by Jessica Nhem; PLL Staff