A lot of people ask me about why I charge a Consultation Fee of $300. Employment Law is different from other areas of the law. For example, with a traffic accident case, a lawsuit can be filed shortly after the accident. So a number of attorneys provide free consultations to individuals because a decision on filing a lawsuit can be made shortly after.

For people with Employment Law issues, the situation is a lot more complicated. Employment law requires employees and former employees to follow a “process” or protocol in order to address their issues. The purpose of meeting with me is to find out where you are in that required process and what options you may have.

The consultation fee is to make sure that only people who are serious about pursuing a path that may result in a lawsuit meet with me. The fee is also based on my years of training and experience to help guide you to the next steps. You are getting the benefit of my real world experience in employment law and other areas of the law. That is why a Consultation Fee is required.

Can arbitration benefit business owners?

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2021 | Business & Commercial Law |

Few things can be more costly or time-consuming than a business dispute. Business owners in Hawaii are often eager to conclude disputes as quickly as possible to limit any impact on daily operations, but they are often unsure of the best way to go about doing so. Although every dispute is different, arbitration is typically an effective alternative to traditional litigation.

What is arbitration?

Arbitration is a type of alternative dispute resolution, or ADR. During arbitration, disputing parties work with a neutral third party — an arbitrator — to reach a decision. In many cases, the parties select the arbitrator. One of the benefits of arbitration is that arbitrators often hold more experience regarding the subject of the dispute than judges. Compared with traditional litigation in a courtroom, arbitration is also considered:

  • Quicker
  • Less expensive
  • More flexible

What about compulsory arbitration?

In some situations, certain parties might be required to address their disputes through arbitration. Compulsory arbitration is often included in employee contracts. Since businesses are sometimes just as likely to find themselves in disputes with workers as they are with other businesses, compulsory arbitration can be a powerful tool for business owners.

There are many benefits to arbitration, and most business owners in Hawaii could probably benefit from looking further into the process. However, no two business disputes are alike, so it is important to carefully consider the situation before proceeding with any type of litigation. Those who are unsure of how best to proceed may even want to speak with an experienced attorney about the situation.