All too easily, people can get into disputes with one another. Some disputes end up in the legal system but others may be subject to arbitration. Arbitration is a private decision-making process, where the parties to a dispute agree to submit their issues to a local arbitrator for decision. Local arbitrators in most instances may be anyone that the parties select local arbitrators may be retired judges, magistrates, attorneys, architects, engineers, lay people anyone that the parties agree is well-suited to deciding their case. Usually, the decision of an arbitrator, the award will be legally binding and unlikely to be challenged. Local arbitrators may work privately or through an arbitration forum. Private local arbitrators most often will advertise their services and set up arbitration directly with the parties who are in conflict. Before choosing a private local arbitrator, parties should carefully check credentials and background. Ask about rates, track record, and references from others who have used the local arbitrators services. Local arbitrators can also be found from the ranks of trade associations, business bureaus, and sometimes government lists of qualified candidates. The parties will want a clear agreement with the local arbitrators as to their charges, what rules will apply, confidentiality and other issues as may be required by the jurisdiction in which the arbitration will occur.