Enhansing Communication & Facilitating Settlement
About Case Evaluation
Case evaluation is yet another form of ADR, frequently referred to as early neutral evaluation. Unlike other forms of ADR, case evaluation may be utilized soon after a case has been filed in court. Case evaluation, as the name indicates, provides an opportunity for a non-binding, neutral case review. Simply stating, case evaluation is a reality check. The goals is to assess the merits of the case at hand, and to facilitate direct communication between the parties.
Protecting Our Clients' Interests
The hallmark of our practice is personal service. We work closely with our clients to ensure that their interests are properly protected. STEVEN IVY P.C. is counseling clients in several Illinois counties, including: Cook County, Lake County, DuPage County, Kane County, DeKalb County, Will County, McHenry County and Kendall County. Our clients can meet with us in eight Illinois locations, including: Chicago, Lisle, Northbrook, Oak Brook, Rosemont, Saint Charles, Schaumburg, and Warrenville.
Case Evaluation Process
Case evaluation is a non-binding procedure in which the parties to a dispute submit written case evaluation statements to a neutral evaluator. The evaluator may be a three person unbiased panel. The submitted written case, provides a summary of applicable legal theories and existing evidence. In addition, each party gets a chance to present their case and hear the other side. The evaluator assesses the strength and weaknesses of each side’s case and helps the parties narrow the legal and factual issues in the case. Most importantly, the neutral evaluator assesses how the dispute is likely to be decided by a jury or other adjudicator.
Benefits of Case Evaluation
Case evaluation may be utilized soon after a case has been filed in court. However, like the mediation process, case evaluation can also come early in the dispute, resulting in early case settlement. The case evaluation process is a reality check. Thus, it is most effective in cases where the parties unrealistic expectations are hindering the road to the final solution. As with mediation or arbitration, case evaluation is more flexible, less stressful, quicker, and often less expensive by eliminating administrative court costs, attorney and expert fees.
Case Evaluation Practice
STEVEN IVY P.C. offers comprehensive case evaluation services. The firm utilizes case evaluation to resolve a wide verity of conflict. From basic civil cases, to complex business disputes, involving a plethora of technological disciplines, our firm is always ready to help. We employ case evaluation to assess merits of the case, identify the central issue, establish exit strategies, assist with discovery and motion planning, enhance communication between the parties and to facilitate early settlement.