If a party to an arbitration agreement claims it cannot afford to pay the arbitration fees, the trial court require that party to prove his inability to pay, and may hold an evidentiary hearing to consider the evidence on that question. If the trial court finds that the party actually cannot pay the arbitration fees, it must let the other party choose between paying the arbitration fees itself or waiving the right to compel arbitration. Prior decisions were split on this issue. MKJA, Inc. v. 123 Fit Franchising, LLC (2011) 191 Cal.App.4th 643 held that the trial court cannot suspend arbitration if the plaintiff cannot afford arbitration fees. Roldan v. Callahan & Blaine (2013) 219 Cal.App.4th 87 and Weiler v. Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, Inc. (2018) 22 Cal.App.5th 970 reached the opposite conclusion. This decision follows the latter two cases in finding authority for its proposed procedure in CCP 1281.4 and its implicit grant of discretion to trial courts to deny a stay pending arbitration in appropriate circumstances.