Thank you for your interest in No Lawyers Allowed Mediation and Dispute Resolution Services (“NLA”). And, welcome to the dispute resolution revolution!
We welcome you to review, and where appropriate, utilize, the dispute resolution contract clause below in your business and personal agreements. Be sure to consult an attorney to assist you with incorporating this provision into any agreement.
Dispute Resolution. The Parties to this Agreement value resolving disputes outside of the courtroom, and knowingly and voluntarily agree that any dispute arising out of this Agreement shall first be mediated with a No Lawyers Allowed Mediation & Dispute Resolution Services (“No Lawyers Allowed” or “NLA,” www.nolawyers.org) mediator, in which such mediation the Parties hereto agree to participate in good faith. If a resolution is not reached at the No Lawyers Allowed mediation after a good faith effort of the Parties, then the dispute shall be submitted to No Lawyers Allowed arbitration for a binding decision to be issued by a single arbitrator under No Lawyers Allowed arbitration rules. Mediation and Arbitration shall take place in (enter agreed upon city and state), to which jurisdiction and venue the Parties voluntarily submit, and this agreement shall be interpreted in accordance with (enter your agreed upon state law here) law. The Parties waive their rights to a jury trial and to appeal and accept NLA as their sole venue and jurisdiction for remedy of any and all disputes arising out of this Agreement. The arbitrability of this provision shall also solely be determined by NLA. In the event that any party seeks relief under this Agreement in any venue other than through the NLA (including, but not limited to, federal or state court), then the complaining party shall pay all of the costs, fees (including attorneys' fees), and expenses of the responding party.
If the obvious reason for choosing to use NLA should ever become obscured, remember the fundamentals of why it makes so much sense: Those who agree to NLA agree to resolve their problem quickly, privately, in a predictable process, with a predicable price, with a binding agreement, and without the added costs of lawyers and courts.
That’s hard to argue against. Agree to NLA today and save time and money, control your risk of loss, and be done with your problem within days, not years.
NLA is not alone in recognizing the need for change in the traditional litigation process. In H20 Environmental v. Farm Supply, an Idaho Supreme Court decision published on October 17, 2018, Chief Justice Burdick (the highest sitting judge in the entire state of Idaho) states:
"...this case is a great example of what is wrong with the judicial system today and what will lead to its demise in the future. "
This case was a dispute over $7,354.65. The lawsuit has lasted over four years.
It went through two appeals. It has been remanded back to the lower court for further findings. So, it is not over yet.
The Plaintiff who was owed the $7,354.65 has paid over $53,403.50 in attorney fees. The Defendant who refused to pay the $7,354.65 must have paid over $53,403.50 in attorney fees as well.
Justice Burdick is right. This is what will lead to the judicial system's demise in the future.
No Lawyers Allowed says the future is here. There is no reason to repeat the past.
Add a NLA dispute resolution clause to your agreements to best ensure that the NLA way, not the H2O way, is the way you will resolve your problems. And, if an attorney suggests that you should not add NLA to your agreements, you might think about asking yourself why?
NLA provides individuals and businesses a simple and efficient alternative to resolving disputes. Why shouldn’t you choose the dispute resolution method that saves you time and money because it does not involve added costs of lawyers and courts?
Look, there’s a time and place for a good lawyer (remember to make sure your NLA dispute resolution clause properly merges into your agreements), but a lawyer is not necessary every time and in every situation. At NLA we prefer that the lawyer act as an advocate for resolution – as a mediator – not an expensive guide through the broken court system.
No matter where you are, and no matter the kind of problem is at hand, NLA offers a predictable process and a predictable price for resolving your problem. An NLA mediation costs $1,000 split among participants equally, unless they agree otherwise. This base fee includes on-line preparation for mediation, on-line preparation of a mediation statement (what goes to the mediator to familiarize the mediator with the problem at hand), on-line scheduling of mediation, and up to four hours of mediation with $250 an hour thereafter.
How, you ask, is it possible for NLA to be able to offer resolving your dispute for $500? Easy. NLA and NLA mediators are committed to making dispute resolution accessible and affordable to all. Add people and companies who are committed to resolving disputes quickly and without the added cost of lawyers and courts, and it is a perfect match. That’s the future and the future is now.
NLA is not for everyone, and it is not for every dispute. NLA may not be right for you. Some people prefer to hire lawyers to handle their problems. Some companies would rather stand behind their lawyers in court than resolve their problems in a mediation conference room.
Other people prefer to control how and when their problems are resolved instead of passing them off to lawyers and courts to figure out. Other companies value their relationships and want to maintain the relationships by addressing problems with the same spirit they had when they began their relationships.
Elevate your dispute resolution ethos. Go NLA today.