How to prepare for arbitration forums
Arbitration forums differs from court. For one, it’s more informal. You’ll have more time to talk and some evidence that would not be allowed in court will be allowed in arbitration. Secondly, you only get one chance to make your case to the arbitrator, and some arbitration hearings are binding, meaning no chance for appeal. For these reasons and more, you want to make sure you are well-prepared.
- - Read all the information you have received. You’ll be sent copies of statements, rules of arbitration, etc. The first step to being well-prepared is understanding all the information that has been given to you.
- - Collect all of your records. The arbitration attorney will take more time to read you paperwork than a judge might. Making sure your paperwork is well-organized will prevent you from feeling flustered when you are looking for it.
- - Gather your witnesses. The witnesses you bring with you should be able to provide first-hand testimony to help your case.
- - Prepare your arguments. Have a clear list of the arguments and points of your case.
- - Write out your responses to the other side’s arguments. You’ll have a copy of their statement to review.
- - Prepare questions. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions of the other side.
- - Anticipate the questions you may be asked. Think ahead to what you may be asked. Write out your responses.
- - Find a competent arbitration attorney. Even though one is not required, a good arbitration attorney will balance the power back to your side, giving you the best chance for success at your arbitration forums.