As a BCA member, you’re entitled to free arbitration services which are designed to protect your business and keep you out of court. Because arbitration is a private alternative to the legal system, you’ll save money by not paying court costs, legal fees and, of course, by saving a lot of time.
Arbitration is a legal alternative to litigation. If you add our arbitration clause to your contracts, you can legally compel your customer to arbitrate a dispute. We’ll take care of the paperwork for you and we’ll conduct the hearing which may take place in a conference room or the hearing can even be conducted over the telephone. The process is simple and in most cases can be done without attorneys. As most business people know, attorney fees will often exceed the amount of the underlying dispute.
Some benefits to arbitration:
- Saves you money by avoiding expensive attorney fees and court costs.
- Allows you to collect from customers who don't pay by enforcing your contractual agreement after services have been rendered.
- Arbitration proceedings are private and decisions of an arbitrator will not appear in public records or on your credit report.
- Disputes are resolved quickly. Unlike lawsuits which can take years to resolve, arbitration can be concluded in a matter of months.
For California contractors that have a CSLB license, we have an arbitration clause designed especially for you. Download it via the link below and follow the instructions on how to add it to your contract. For all other members, we have a general arbitration clause that you can use. In both cases, these clauses can help protect your business.
For more information on this valuable benefit, contact our Arbitration Department who will answer your questions and assist you in adding the arbitration language to your contract.
To read more about Arbitration and how it works, visit our Arbitration Services page.