Mediations & Arbitrations
Alternative Dispute Resolution


The law firm of Michael T. Chulak & Associates offers both mediation and arbitration services. Call us for information.

Mediation Services

Mediation is a fast, confidential and economical way to settle most disputes. It is a process by which parties submit their dispute to an informed neutral third party (the mediator) who works with them to reach a settlement.

What Types Of Disputes Can Be Settled By Mediation?
Disputes between:
  • Homeowner Associations/Owners
  • Developers/Property Owners (construction defects)
  • Buyers/Sellers (real estate, businesses, personal property )
  • Real Estate Broker/Client/Agent
  • Mortgage Broker/Client/Agent
  • Homeowner Association/Management Company
  • Employer/Employee (wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination)
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Partners (formations/dissolutions)
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Insurance Company/Insured
  • Spouses (divorce, custody, support, visitation, prenuptial)
  • Stock Broker/Client
  • Neighbors (nuisance, property boundaries)
  • Subcontractor/Contractor
  • Franchisee/ Franchisor
  • Lawyer/Client (fee disputes/malpractice)

 

What Are The Benefits Of Mediation?
The most common advantages are that:
  • The mediator, as a neutral third party, can view the dispute objectively and can assist the parties in exploring alternatives that they might not have considered on their own.
  • Parties almost always save money by reducing the hours spent by legal counsel.
  • Parties increase the possibility of continuing a relationship (if necessary or desired) with each other.
  • Documents and testimony presented do not have to become part of public record. In fact, discussions that take place are protected by the confidentiality imposed on the mediator and on the parties by Evidence Code Sections 1152 and 1152.5
  • The emotional stress that usually accompanies the more combative, drawn out process of litigation is eliminated.
  • The possibility of an adverse court judgment is avoided.

 

Are Mediations Usually Successful?
Nationally, over 85% of mediations result in a settlement, thus avoiding litigation. Most importantly, since all parties consent to the final agreement, compliance exceeds 90%, far exceeding the results following litigation.

 

How Long Does It Take?
Mediations can be conducted in much less time than a lawsuit. Our attorneys are generally available during evenings and on weekends as well as during normal business hours, and will work with the parties to minimize the time required to reach a fair settlement. Generally, 8 to 16 hours are sufficient unless complex issues are involved.

 

Is Mediation Binding?
A mediator does not have the power to render a binding decision. The objective of mediation is for the mediator to assist the parties in agreeing to a settlement. Once the agreement is reduced to writing, it becomes enforceable.

 

Arbitration Services

Arbitration is a fast, confidential and economical way to settle most disputes outside the courtroom. It is a process by which parties submit their dispute to an informed neutral third party (the arbitrator) who is empowered to render a binding decision.

What Types Of Disputes Can Be Settled By Arbitration?
Disputes between
  • Homeowner Associations/Owners
  • Developers/Property Owners(construction defects)
  • Buyers/Sellers (real estate, businesses, personal property)
  • Real Estate Broker/Client/Agent
  • Mortgage Broker/Client/Agent
  • Homeowner Association/Management Company
  • Employer/Employee (wrongful termination, sexual harassment discrimination)
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Partners (formations/dissolutions)
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Insurance Company/Insured
  • Spouses (divorce, custody, support, visitation, prenuptial)
  • Stock Broker/Client
  • Neighbors (nuisance, property boundaries)
  • Subcontractor/Contractor
  • Franchisee/ Franchisor
  • Lawyer/Client (fee disputes/malpractice)

 

What Are The Benefits Of Arbitration?
The most common advantages are that:
  • Parties almost always save money by reducing the hours spent by legal counsel.
  • Documents and testimony presented do not become part of the public record. Consequently, it is more confidential.
  • It often reduces insurance claims and, therefore, premiums.
  • The process is faster than a court trial.
  • The possibility of an adverse court judgment can be avoided.

 

How Long Does It Take?
Arbitration can be conducted in much less time than a lawsuit. Our attorneys are generally available during evenings or on weekends as well as during normal business hours. Generally, an arbitration should take less than half the time of a court trial.

 

Is Arbitration Binding?
Like a judge, an arbitrator has the power to render a final and enforceable decision.

 

 
 


Areas Served:


Los Angeles County:

Acton, Agoura, Agoura Hills, Agua Dulce, Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, Arleta, Artesia, Avalon, Azusa, Baldwin Hills, Baldwin Park, Bassett, Bell, Bell Canyon, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Bouquet Canyon, Box Canyon, Burbank, Calabasas, Calabasas Hills, Canoga Park, Canyon Country, Carson, Castaic, Century City, Cerritos, Chatsworth, Claremont, Commerce, Compton, Covina, Cudahy, Crystalaire, Culver City, Del Sur, Diamond Bar, Downey, Duarte, East Los Angeles, East Rancho Dominguez, El Monte, El Segundo, Encino, Firestone Park, Flintridge, Gardena, Glassell, Glassell Park, Glendale, Glendora, Granada Hills, Hacienda Heights, Hawaiian Gardens, Hansen Dam, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Hidden Hills, Highland Park, Hollywood, Huntington Park, Industry, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta- Montrose, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Puente, La Verne, La Canada, Lake Hughes, Lake Los Angeles, Lake View Terrace, Lakewood, Lancaster, Lawndale, Leimert Park, Lennox, Leona Valley, Lincoln Heights, Littlerock, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Lynwood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Marina Del Rey, Maywood, Mission Hills, Monrovia, Monte Nido, Montebello, Monterey Park, Mount Baldy, Mount Wilson, Newhall, North El Monte, North Hills, North Hollywood, Northridge, Norwalk, Pacoima, Palisades, Palmdale, Paramount, Pearblossom, Pico Rivera, Pomona, Quartz Hill, Rancho Dominguez, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rancho Park, Redondo Beach, Reseda, Ritter Ranch, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rosemead, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Marino, San Pedro, Santa Clarita, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Monica, Saratoga Hills, Saugus, Sherman Oaks, Sierra Madre, Signal Hill, South El Monte, South Gate, South Pasadena, Stevenson Ranch, Studio City, Sun Valley, Sun Village, Tarzana, Temple City, Toluca Lake, Topanga, Torrance, Tujunga, Universal City, Val Verde, Valencia, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Venice, Vernon, Walnut, Walnut Park, West Covina, West Hills, West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, West Toluca Lake, Westchester, Whittier, Wilmington, Windsor Hills, Winnetka, Woodland Hills.

Ventura County:

Camarillo, Channel Islands, Faria Beach, Fillmore, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Oak Park, Oak View, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Saticoy, Somis, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ventura (San Buenaventura), Westlake Village.

Orange County:

Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Balboa Island, Brea, Buena Park, Corona Island, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forrest, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Orange, Placentia, Rossmoor, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Santa Ana Heights, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Tustin Foothills, Villa Park, Westminster, Yorba Linda.

San Bernadino County:

Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Big Bear, Big Bear City, Chino, Chino Hills, Colton, Crestline, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Hesperia, Highland, Joshua Tree, Lake Arrowhead, Landers, Loma Linda, Montclair, Morongo Valley, Needles, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, Running Springs, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms, Upland, Victorville, Yucaipa, Yucca Valley.

Riverside County:

Anza, Banning, Beaumont, Bermuda Dunes, Blythe, Cabazon, Calimesa, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Cherry Valley, Coachella, Corona, Desert Hot Springs, East Blythe, East Hemet, El Cerrito, Glen Avon, Hemet, Highgrove, Home Gardens, Homeland, Idyllwild-Pine Cove, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Lake Elsinore, Lakeland Village, Lakeview, Mecca, Mira Loma, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Murrieta Hot Springs, Norco, Nuevo, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Pedley, Perris, Quail Valley, Rancho Mirage, Riverside, Rubidoux, San Jacinto, Sun City, Sunnyslope, Temecula, Thousand Palms, Valle Vista, Wildomar, Winchester, Woodcrest.

 




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