Usually yes; but not always. An arbitration clause is a standard feature of every AIA contract and most other construction contracts, as well. It generally is a good idea, and usually helps the "good guy" in any dispute. This is because construction disputes are typically resolved faster and cheaper through arbitration than in court. But arbitration is not always the best route. To decide whether you want an arbitration clause in your contract, and whether you want the one that AIA uses, you have to understand the law and procedure of arbitration. This article will outline basic arbitration law, and typical arbitration procedure. In the next issue, we'll discuss advantages and disadvantages of arbitration, and the strategic decisions you can