Are there alternatives to going to court to resolve business disputes?
There are alternatives instead of going into court for business disputes. The first is what Florida recognizes arbitration or has its own arbitration act. In that situation, the parties select an arbitrator, trained and certified by the state, who acts if you will as a private judge who receives evidence, takes testimony and makes a decision that's binding on the parties. The second and perhaps more popular method is for the use of mediation. In that situation, the parties all agree on a mediator and the mediator receives information from all the sides and helps the parties themselves by facilitating it out loud working back and forth. Going to the parties and helping them work out their own resolution. Most lawsuits in Florida result in mediation and most meditations are successful, 85 to 90% of the time.