My name is Danielle Diaz. One of the things I've learned in life, both inside and outside the courtroom, is that it is important to not see others as your enemy. Even though you may see the prosecutor as your enemy, he or she is just trying to do a job. It may be possible that you can get a prosecutor or the judge to be sympathetic and get him or her on your side. In order to accomplish this, you need to understand the law. I feel that most individuals do not understand the law, which is why I was motivated to create this blog.
As a business owner, there are almost certain to be times when you have disagreements and disputes with customers, clients, or competitors. In some cases, your best bet may be to take these other parties to court. However, it is often possible to resolve these disputes outside of court with the help of an attorney who specializes in dispute resolution. Here are some tips to guide you if you decide to go this route.
Look for an attorney who specializes in the type of law that's coming into play.
You'll want to find a lawyer who does not just offer dispute resolution, but who offers dispute resolution in the field that encompasses the kind of dispute you are having. For example, if you are having a disagreement with a customer about labeling, then an attorney who specializes in packaging regulation may be ideal. If you're having a dispute with a competitor over marketing, a lawyer who has experience with marketing is the right one to hire. Such an attorney will be able to dig deeper and offer more targeted advice in terms of compromising and coming to a resolution.
Understand that you'll likely have to compromise.
Understand that when you seek dispute resolution, the lawyer is not going to act like a judge and tell you that one party is right and the other is wrong. Instead, their approach will be to find an in-between answer that gives both of you part of what you need or want. In other words, you'll be pursuing a compromise, and that will mean that both you and the other party need to give something up. Be prepared for this. Think through what you might be willing to give up or let slide, and what you absolutely do not want to bend on.
When two parties enter dispute resolution, it is often a matter of "he said, she said." But if you are able to verify some of your claims with documentation and evidence, this can give you a leg up in negotiations. The other party may be willing to give more or try harder to reach a compromise if they know you have the documentation to take them to court if needed.
With the tips above, you should have an easier time pursuing dispute resolution with a client, customer, or competitor. Talk to an attorney who specializes in dispute resolution to learn more.