An arbitrator stands in the shoes of a judge. Since 2014, Carla R. Pepperman has stood in those shoes as a Qualified Arbitrator by the Florida Supreme Court.
The majority of her work in binding and nonbinding arbitration area has focused on nursing home-related claims. However, she is also skilled in real estate and other types of legal disputes where arbitration is voluntary or mandated by a contractual agreement.
The Process Of Arbitration
First and foremost, arbitrators must have knowledge in the specific legal area surrounding the dispute. In many cases, they are chosen from an approved list of candidates.
Similar to mediation, arbitration can save disputing parties both time and money. The key difference between the two forms of alternative dispute resolution is how a decision is reached. Rulings are made by a neutral arbitrator after hearing both sides. In matters that involve a three-member panel, a vote is taken and the majority decision is final.
While hearings are not as formal as courtroom proceedings, each side can present evidence and provide testimony. Opposing parties do have the opportunity to challenge evidence and witnesses.
The sole arbitrator or tribunal renders the final verdict that is considered binding with a few exceptions. However, that is not the final step. The courts will have the opportunity to go over the case to look for signs of any fraud or misconduct.
Explore Your Options By Contacting Us
If you are interested in exploring the option of arbitration, call Carla R. Pepperman, P.A., to discuss your situation. We can be reached via email or by calling our Mount Dora law firm at