Companies don’t always see eye to eye, either one to another or with respect to employees and consumers alike. Like other states, Alabama attempts to assure that when business disputes arise there are a variety of mechanisms through which resolution might occur. While court itself always remains an option as circumstances become otherwise intractable, the potential associated costs frequently encourage both parties to seek out alternative forms of resolution. In addition to saving money, this kind of strategy can indeed be more efficient and prevent any non-essential escalation.

Business disputes may arise amid any number of circumstances. From financial agreements to employment contracts, disagreement about money owed often causes some degree of understandable retrenchment. Serious antagonism may also emerge due to breached contracts, concerns regarding liability, work environments, employer policies, shareholder relations, intellectual property, termination procedures and otherwise. Disputes regarding contracts alone are especially prevalent given their prevalence amid relations with suppliers, distributors, purchasers, business partners of independent contractors.

Put simply, conflict is virtually inevitable in business. With serious interests at stake and an intricate network of policies, practices and arrangements, there’s often a high risk of something going wrong. Amid conflict, perception of wrongdoing or unfairness can alone be sufficient to create the basis for a dispute.

Fortunately, the law is designed in part to create a foundation for the resolution of these disputes.

Pursuing Resolution of a Business Dispute in Alabama

Note that the best means of addressing potential disputes is prevention itself. While preemptive efforts aren’t categorically effective, there are certain things your business can do to limit its exposure to dispute. Contracts, written agreements, waivers, clearly explained policies and procedures and other forms may be especially valuable as means of securing predictable and fair expectations amid employees, consumers, partners and others impacted by your company.

Nevertheless, a dispute may still come to your attention. What then?

Small or medium-sized business without their own legal teams may be particularly caught off guard by a dispute and the risk that it paves the way for unwanted litigation. The first step, then, is contacting a qualified attorney to provide guidance and represent your interests in the matter. In general, you’ll likely want a more accurate understanding of pertinent law and how it impacts your position.

Once you’ve acquired legal support, there are a few options that might avert court. The first is to simply pursue a collaborative approach wherein negotiation of the issues at stake may facilitate a mutually advantageous solution. Sometimes, working out a potentially costly disagreement may be as simple as adding other considerations to the equation and pursuing an arrangement that works for both sides. Alternatively, your attorney may recommend that you pursue binding arbitration or mediation, the former of which is sometimes required by a contractual provision. While mediation isn’t binding, an objective third-party mediator may be essential to come to a resolution.

Getting the Legal Help You Need with a Business Dispute

With years of experience and success, Cloud, Willis & Ellis bring essential pedigree and prowess to your business’s legal needs and interests. We adopt a professional approach that takes your rights seriously and remain committed to ensuring you are on the right side of the law. To arrange an appointment with one of our Alabama offices, reach out to us today for help.