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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is arbitration?
    Arbitration is a method to settle disputes outside of the traditional court system. The parties can choose their own mutually agreed upon judge and the overall process is much faster than litigation in the courts. Results of arbitration cases can remain private, however, be aware that this is still a legally binding method by which to resolve a dispute.


    What is mediation?
    Mediation is a way to resolve settlements outside of the courts. The mediator, a neutral third party, will negotiate the terms of the settlement and help both parties reach an agreement.

    What is the difference between a civil case and a criminal case?
    Criminal law attempts to address the issue of punishment as the result of a crime that was committed. Civil law, on the opposite hand, seeks restitution for a wrong that was committed (but not necessarily a crime), typically in the form of monetary compensation.  

    Are probate and probation the same thing?
    Although the words may sound similar, probation refers to a time period where an offender is ordered by a court to adhere to certain terms of a punishment.

    Probate is completely different: the term refers to a legal document. It is the first step in resolving the will of a deceased person and how their will is to be administered. This is typically resolved in Probate Court, where the validity of the will is verified and the will enforced.


    What are Ohio limits on personal injury?
    The statute of limitations in Ohio only gives two years from the date of an injury (such as an accident) to file a personal injury claim.