what is arb-med?

it is not a typo. arb-med is a hybrid process that combines mediation + arbitration like med-arb does. it simply reverses the order of the two processes.

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does baseball arbitration work well in med-arb?

it sure can. while not for every dispute, final offer selection (also known as baseball arbitration) can capitalize on many of the efficiencies + advantages of the med-arb process.

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is med-arb cheaper?

yes. but probably not as much cheaper as you think.

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does the same person have to do both?

no. med-arb can be designed to have a different person fill the role of mediator + arbitrator. this still maintains several benefits of the hybrid process.

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why is it said that med-arb increases the chance of settling in mediation?

particularly when your mediator may also become your arbitrator, the theory is that parties take mediation more seriously when it is part of a med-arb process.

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what payment methods do you accept?

pretty much all, but for cash.

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what is med-arb?

it is a process that combines mediation + arbitration.

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how quickly will med-arb resolve my conflict?

med-arb provides the opportunity to fully resolve your conflict in the mediation phase of the process. if that is done successfully, there is no need for the arbitration phase + conflict closure can be achieved as early as the day your mediation is scheduled.

perhaps the most common misunderstanding about med-arb, however, is the timing of closure if a dispute cannot be fully resolved through mediation.

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is it hard to switch hats?

i can see why one might think that but have not found it to be all that difficult. i think the key surrounds the transition from mediator to arbitrator.

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can i select med-arb after mediation?

yes. however, there are advantages to considering med-arb before you mediate.

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can you caucus in med-arb?

yes. but it is not that simple. there are occasions where you should not.

in the arbitration component of med-arb, private communications between one party + the arbitrator are inappropriate. they should not take place. this consideration pertains only to the mediation phase of med-arb.

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can med-arb work for anything?

no. not at all.

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can self-represented parties participate in med-arb?

yes. though not all practitioners agree with me, i believe in offering equal access to my services to everyone - regardless of whether or not they have legal representation.

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can i change my mind after the mediation phase?

the type of med-arb process that i like best does allow for this. here is how it works...

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