It is often said that no one wins in litigation. Avoiding litigation is the best route, but sometimes it is necessary to initiate legal action to resolve a dispute. Often, someone decides to sue you and you have no choice other than to defend your rights. Whether you need to start a lawsuit to right a wrong or you find yourself being sued, we can help you with your case.
Court cases that involve disputes between people or businesses over money or some injury to personal rights are called “civil” cases.
Civil courts handle a wide variety of cases. Very broadly, civil cases may involve such things as:
A civil case usually begins when one person or business (called the "plaintiff") claims to have been harmed by the actions of another person or business (called the "defendant").
The plaintiff starts a court case by filing a "complaint" (a document that outlines the plaintiff’s facts and legal theories and makes a request for relief). In the complaint, the plaintiff might:
Eventually, a judge or jury will determine the facts of the case (in other words, figure out what really happened) and then apply the appropriate law to those facts. Based on their analysis of the law and facts, the judge or jury will make a final “judgment” (sometimes also called a "decision" or "order") and decide what legal consequences flow from the parties' actions.
Having legal representation is critical due to the complexity of the procedures involved in a lawsuit and those without legal representation learn very quickly they need a lawyer.
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