Sometimes, in life, there are things that simply do not go your way. There are unexpected situations that pop up, presenting you with trials that you could never have seen coming, and that you are in no way prepared for. And when those situations have to do with legal issues or disputes, it is important that you get in touch with a legal professional as soon as possible. Exploring the legal options within your community before you ever run into any problems could give you a leg up and an idea of where to go if that difficult day does come.
Find an experienced mediator to keep it out of the courts
Depending on the situation that you find yourself in, you may have the option to attempt to resolve the matter outside of court. Alternative dispute resolution, often referred to as ADR, is the process of finding a satisfactory resolution without resorting to litigation. There are a number of different types of alternative dispute resolution, but the two most common forms are mediation and arbitration. While arbitration involves what is essentially a simplified trial, mediation simplifies the process even more. An experienced mediator is brought in to attempt to negotiate between the two opposing parties.
Ideally, the most effective neutral mediator will allow both parties to feel heard and understood, and from there, lead to a resolution that both parties can agree upon. Mediation services are most effective for those who would like to keep the dispute from progressing to a level that would require litigation of any sort. While the skills of an experienced mediator are key in reaching a satisfactory resolution, the parties involved in the dispute must be willing to work with open minds and compromise when necessary, reaching the goal as efficiently as possible.
Bringing the focus to environmental law
Not every case can be settled outside of courts, and there are some issues that in fact need a bit more public recognition and awareness than others. While a dispute involving a married couple parting ways or something that is similarly personal is best handled through mediation, major issues that affect us all, such as environmental law, deserve to have more eyes on it. It has been estimated that over 40% of people across the country have worries and concerns about air quality both indoors and outdoors, as well as various other factors such as carbon emissions, radon, methane emission, and more. In all reality, just over 40% is nowhere near enough concern. The health of the planet affects us all, and there should certainly be more overall concern about it.
Just a few of the numerous issues
Some of the major cases that involve environmental law involve large corporations that have excessive amounts of money and power, and thus operate as if the law cannot touch them. When their questionable practices put the health of innocent people at risk, the law must intervene. Around 5,000 lives could be saved each and every year if the toxic air pollution emitting from industrial plants were reduced. Those thousands of preventable deaths are on top of thousands more cases of heart disease and respiratory issues caused by the same problems.
By the middle of the century, it is projected that over 33% of all the counties in the contiguous states will be facing higher risks of water shortages due to global warming. The actions of our species have only exacerbated the problem.
Getting the proper legal assistance is essential, no matter what type of issue you are facing. Learning about the professionals in your local law offices might help expedite the process should you find yourself in need of an experienced mediator or arbitration at some point. And tuning in to the environmental issues and what laws need to be addressed helps you become an effective citizen of this planet, not just your community.