Critical Facts About Litigation
What To Expect During Litigation
The Norman Yatooma & Associates law firm can give you leverage in even the most emotionally taxing lawsuits. Generally speaking, lawsuits are highly intimidating and leave many people scurrying for answers and solutions. However, with the decisive legal aid of our attorneys, there will be no room for intimidation. A litigation lawyer from the Norman Yatooma & Associates can ease the process by providing legal counsel, preparation and representation, while remaining a fair third party.
Civil lawsuits emerge when people, companies, and entities engage in legal disputes. Generally speaking, a civil lawsuit proceeds over the course of a few steps. Those steps entail pleadings, discovery, trial, and in some cases, an appeal. Of course, settlements are provided as an option in select cases, and they allow individuals to take the traditional course of legal proceedings. Sometimes, cases enter arbitration, instead of a trial.
The Norman Yatooma & Associates law firm only employs thoroughly skilled lawyers that can produce results at every step of the civil lawsuit process. Firstly, our attorneys will give you a strong start in the primary phase of the litigation process, the pleadings. The pleadings essentially detail each side’s personal account of the situation. The pleadings can be roughly divided into two separate segments, including the complaint and the answer.
Furthermore, the Norman Yatooma & Associates law firm can help you present a formal complaint after the pleading stage is complete. This entails presenting a copy of the complaint to the individual, company or entity in question (defendant). The complaint will specify how the defendant caused harm to the plaintiff.
The second stage of the pleading process, which our attorneys are highly trained in, is known as the answer, in which the defendant responds to the complaint within a specified time period. This indicates the defendant’s perspective of the complaint.
Of course, the defendant is not obligated to concede to the claims indicated by the plaintiff, as the defendant is entitled to counter those claims if the defendant deems it necessary. A plaintiff also reserves the right to reply to the defendant’s counterclaims. When these situations arise, sometimes people request to have facts or misinformation is corrected. In other incidences, cases may be dismissed entirely. Sometimes, complaints and answers are changed or modified in some way.
The subsequent stage is often the longest, and Norman Yatooma & Associates can help you navigate this stage of the process every step of the way. This stage of the litigation process is referred to as discovery, in which both the defendant and the plaintiff amass all necessary details, evidence, and information from one another, or from a separate, third party. Our attorneys can help you substantiate your claims by conducting research on laws pertaining to your case, or gleaning information from witnesses to affirm your stance.
The discovery aspect of the case is generally the most drawn out segment of the entire litigation process. The discovery process is commenced after the lawsuit is filed, and it sometimes extends well until the trial begins. When each party interviews the other party about facts and information, our attorneys will devise what is known as interrogatories, or questions. Using these interrogatories, they can ask a party to either concede to specific statements or to deny them.
The Norman Yatooma & Associates law firm will work tirelessly to acquire vital information through other means, including through depositions, in which a witness is questioned under oath. Depositions can determine both factual information and critical witness information. A deposition has the advantage of revealing key discrepancies in a witness’s statement.
Expert witnesses may also be requested to aid the Discovery stage of a lawsuit. One or more individuals may testify in this context. Shortly before the trial, the discovery phase will conclude with motions, which request action from the court. Other motions may be used to request a case dismissal, or the exclusion of evidence.
The most decisive stage of a lawsuit is the trial, in which each party verifies its claims, and/or defends itself amid a jury or judge. During this stage, you absolutely require a viable legal professional. The seasoned attorneys at Norman Yatooma & Associates can give you comprehensive legal representation during the trial stage. Before a trial, each party will supply the judge with a brief, or a detailed exposition of the evidence and claims to be presented during the trial.
In some cases, a jury is not necessary. This is observed most commonly in bench trials. However, when a jury is used, the jury selection is termed voir dire. When the trial commences, each side presents their brief, followed by evidence, and the use of documents and witnesses.
Witnesses can be cross examined by the challenging party. Plaintiffs reserve the right to rebut evidence supplied by the defendant. After the evidence has been divulged to the court, each party delivers its closing arguments, and this is followed by a jury deliberation. In some cases, a post-verdict may be requested, in which a defendant opposes the jury’s verdict.
If necessary, our attorneys can assist you with the filing of an appeal. When an appeal is filed, the court case is subsequently reviewed by a higher court. However, these cases are only reviewed for errors or discrepancies.
Hiring A Lawyer
As you can clearly see, litigation is a highly detailed and often taxing process that requires specialized legal aid. It is best to hire one of the litigation lawyers at Norman Yatooma & Associates to facilitate the entire process.