Lawsuits & Disputes

When people have disputes that need to be settled, they can seek a decision from a court (by filing a lawsuit) or from another party outside of the court system (such as an arbitrator or mediator.)

The term “litigation” means to contest or engage someone in a lawsuit. A civil action is a lawsuit brought by an injured party (the “plaintiff”) who claims to have suffered damages as a result of the wrongful actions of another party (the “defendant.”) Litigation allows for each party to obtain more evidence about their case (discovery and interrogatories), call witnesses to testify and argue the merits of their case. A judge or jury will render a verdict after both sides present their case. The U.S. court system consists primarily of federal courts (making decisions concerning federal law and disputes between residents of different states), state courts, city and municipal courts, appeals courts and courts of special jurisdiction. Small Claims Court is used mostly by consumers to settle small disputes. It is locally accessible, more informal and less costly than most civil courts which usually suggest the need for a lawyer. Arbitration and mediation are alternative forms of resolving legal disputes outside of the court system which are usually less costly, more informal and move more quickly to a conclusion.

  1. Statute of Limitations Indiana Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the Indiana statute of limitations, the time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in an Indiana state court.
  2. Statute of Limitations Ohio Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the Ohio statute of limitations, the time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in an Ohio state court.
  3. Statute of Limitations Florida Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the Florida statute of limitations, the time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in an Florida state court.
  4. Statute of Limitations Connecticut Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the Connecticut statute of limitations, the time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in an Connecticut state court.
  5. Statute of Limitations Colorado Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the Colorado statute of limitations, the time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in an Colorado state court.
  6. Statute of Limitations Alabama Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the Alabama statute of limitations, the time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in an Alabama state court.
  7. Statute of Limitations Arizona Statute of Limitations, Civil Actions

    A comprehensive chart and explanation of the Arizona statute of limitations, the time limits for bringing or facing a lawsuit in an Arizona state court.
  8. Hiring an Attorney Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Lawyer

    Choose the right lawyer: Where to find quality lawyers to interview, detailed list of questions to ask, negotiating down legal fees before making a decision.
  9. Hiring an Attorney Do I Need A Lawyer? Can I Handle It "Pro Se" or By Myself ?

    List of suggestions and situations where you might consider handling a legal matter by yourself and those times you should use an attorney or hire other professional help.
  10. Hiring an Attorney Legal Fees: What should a Lawyer Cost? How do they Bill?

    Explanation of the legal fees a lawyer may charge you, tips on how to negotiate down the cost, best practices to use when hiring a lawyer for your case.
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