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How to Win Any Argument, Revised Edition by Robert Mayer

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17Mediation, Arbitration, and Collaborative Dispute Resolution

Because the difference between justice and being right is called “legal fees”

“How much are we talking about?” The answer is always the same: It’s your adversary who largely determines the cost of litigation. Litigation is about spending your time, money, and energy defending and countering what the other guy is throwing at you. If he’s vindictive, he can turn litigation into a very expensive war of attrition.

Don’t be fooled by the “let’s go to trial” television dramas. They don’t show the motions. The posturing. The look on your lawyer’s face when she discovers that, until a few weeks ago, the judge assigned to your case against a contractor was a family law judge. You guessed right. ...

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