Litigation can be an expensive, antagonistic, time-consuming process for resolving disputes--and a very public one. If you're involved in a dispute you'd like to keep out of the spotlight, or if you'd like to have an ongoing relationship with your adversary after your disagreement is resolved, then alternative dispute resolution may be right for you. More and more businesses and people are choosing ADR because it can enable parties to resolve their conflicts in a faster and less-expensive manner than traditional litigation. Plus, it enables parties to settle disagreements in a more civil and private manner. ADR offers both individuals and businesses a variety of ways to resolve disputes, including mediation, arbitration and mini-trials. An alternative dispute resolution lawyer or collaborative law attorney can advocate on your behalf and help guide you through the process.