What is Arbitration with NLA Like?
No Lawyers Allowed Arbitration is designed to be a fast, cost-effective, and conclusive resolution of a dispute that parties are unable to resolve themselves through mediation or otherwise. Arbitration is a bit more formal than mediation. There will be a day in court so to speak where both sides of a dispute will present their case to an arbitrator. And, unlike mediation, in arbitration the arbitrator will issue a decision much like a judge. With very few exceptions, the decision is final and (in many states) can be affirmed by a court and turned into a judgment and enforced.
Is it required, or Voluntary?
Arbitration with NLA is either voluntary or mandatory. If you have a contract between you and the other person or company in the dispute, and the contract requires arbitration, it is mandatory arbitration. If it is not mandatory, it is voluntary.
How it Starts
Whether the arbitration is mandatory, or voluntary, to get started with No Lawyers Allowed, the arbitration needs to be registered on No Lawyers Allowed website. Anyone can register it.
Mandatory arbitration will proceed as soon as the basis for it mandatory nature is confirmed. That usually requires providing No Lawyers Allowed proof that a contract exists that requires arbitration with No Lawyers Allowed.
Voluntary arbitration will not proceed until all people or companies necessary for the arbitration accept the invitation to arbitrate and sign the agreement to arbitrate.
Once the process is ready to proceed, a form complaint provided by No Lawyers Allowed is prepared and filed on-line with No Lawyers Allowed by the complaining party (“Complainant”). The complaint will state what the complainant believes is wrong, and what the Complainant wants to have happen to do to make things right.
The Complaint will be served on all those the Complainant believes are responsible for the wrong and making it right. The responding party (“Respondent”) will file an answer to the complaint on-line through No Lawyers Allowed.
The Respondent has 21 days in which to answer the complaint. The answer will respond to the allegations being made about what Respondent did wrong and state why what the Respondent did was not wrong, not wrong, or should be excused. If Respondent does not answer the complaint in 21 days, a default award may be entered by the arbitrator against them and in favor of the Complainant.
After it Starts
In the event the Respondent files an answer, both the Complainant and Respondent will submit their Disclosure of Evidence within thirty (30) days of the answer being filed. No Lawyers Allowed will provide you with the Disclosure of Evidence form.
To complete the Evidence Disclosure you must include a list of all evidence (documents, emails, texts, photos, video, audio, affidavits of witnesses, etc.) and include copies of all evidence that the Complainant and Respondent intend to use at arbitration. If evidence is not made part of the Disclosure of Evidence, it will not be used at arbitration. The Disclosure of Evidence must also list witnesses who will testify at arbitration and what they intend to testify about. A witness not disclosed will not be permitted to testify.
Arbitration will be scheduled within thirty (30) days of both parties’ submission of Disclosure of Evidence. Arbitration will take place in a single day before a single arbitrator.
Your No Lawyers Allowed arbitrator will be a trained and certified dispute resolution specialist, and they will have first-hand experience with litigating cases before judges, or they will be former judges. No Lawyers Allowed offers virtual arbitration and in-person arbitration.
If the arbitration is in-person, it will take place in the county and state where a lawsuit would otherwise be venued. If the parties elect virtual arbitration, the parties can participate from wherever they are – so long as they have a very good internet connection that will support audio and video streaming.
At arbitration, each side will present their case, evidence and witnesses. The Complainant will go first showing and telling why they think Respondent did something wrong. The Respondent will then get to put on their case showing and telling why what they did was not wrong or why it should be excused. The arbitrator will issue a written decision within three (3) days of arbitration. The decision will state the parties’ positions and the evidence considered. It will also state who won the arbitration and who lost and the relief being issued.
That’s all. From dispute to decision in 84 days or less. And, with No Lawyers Allowed.
The Arbitrator's Authority
No Lawyers Allowed arbitrators have full authority to establish rules of procedure and evidence on the day of arbitration. The arbitrator has full decision-making authority and has full discretion to weigh the evidence and testimony when making decisions. The arbitrator decision is binding and can be turned into a judgment. There are very few exceptions to the enforceability of an arbitration award. See Uniform Arbitration Act for specifics which NLA adopts).