Mock Trial, anyone?

We just concluded a mock trial for one of our clients. Yes, that’s the same “mock” meaning “to make fun of”, but we weren’t making fun of trial. We were preparing for trial. You see, we often have a really hard time knowing what potential jurors are going to think Read more…

The Good and Bad of Mandatory Arbitration

If you have been injured in a car accident and the insurance company is not giving you a reasonable settlement offer, you may be able to make a claim in mandatory arbitration instead of in a jury trial. Arbitration is mandatory for monetary claims less than $50,000 in most of Washington State, including Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland (Benton and Franklin counties). Compared to trial by jury, arbitration has several benefits: the cost is lower (around $1,000 instead of $10,000 or more); the hearing is sooner (3-6 months instead of a year or more); and the hearing is shorter (several hours instead of several days).