What is a lawsuit?
A lawsuit is when two or more people have a disagreement over an issue and require a court to help them resolve their differences.
The first job of a lawsuit lawyer when taking on a case is to write a document called a complaint, that has the following information: describes the basic facts of your case; names everyone involved; references the legal theory to back up your claim; and states what you want as the outcome, such as money, action etc.
If you are taking your lawsuit to a small claims court (you are seeking compensation of less then $5,000) you are not allowed to have a lawyer present to represent you, but you can use one to help you prepare for your trial.
If you are filing a lawsuit for a much larger sum of money, there are several different levels of court that you can take your case to. It is your hired lawsuit attorneys job to help you take your case to the right court. The decision needs to include where your case should be in terms of geographically, whether it needs to be in a federal or state court, and at what level it should be heard. As well as choosing what court your case should be heard in, your lawyer also needs to consider other factors surrounding your case such as who the judge is, how difficult the court will be, how quickly the court case can be heard etc. Lawsuit lawyers have all the insider information that can make or break your case, making them an essential and highly in demand professional in today’s world.
Even if you do decide to settle out of court, a lawsuit lawyer can be a great help to improve your chances of getting the damages you are after. If you agree on a settlement, it is important to get a lawyer to write up a draft of the agreement to ensure there are no loopholes.
When looking for a lawsuit lawyer, the best place to find one is either through recommendations from friends, family, or business associates. But if this is not possible, searching through your local Bar association for lawyers is a great option, as they list all of the qualified lawyers in your area and note their area of expertise. It is important to look for a lawyer that has expertise in your area of dispute as well as litigation experience. Many lawyers do not generally work inside the courts, so it is important to hire a lawyer that works well within the court room. It is possible to go along to a court case where they are arguing a different case, to see if their style suits what you are after. And finally, it is important that you get along well with your chosen lawsuit lawyer, as communication is key to a successful case.