Pearland, TX asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for Texas

Q: Is arbitration a good way to settle a dispute over ownership.

mother in law set up a trust in massachusetts.........then she moved to texas she bought property in texas that is in that trust person who has control of the trust is not a family member. Can we go into arbitration with that person so that we can keep the property mother in law bought.?

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Jack Ternan
Jack Ternan
  • Arbitration & Mediation Lawyer
  • Plano, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: The answer to this question depends on the terms of the trust agreement (or any other contract that might contain an arbitration clause). Unless there's an agreement to arbitrate, you cannot force the other side to arbitrate. Depending on the issue, it may not be beneficial for any side to arbitrate as arbitration frequently adds costs to dispute resolution.

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