Helping you understand the legal process
The legal process can be a bit tricky and confusing. Often times, clients are unsure of the process concerning their case. When it comes to your case, you want to be kept in the loop about what is being done. Our highest priority is being transparent with our clients and helping them understand how the process works so they are never feeling left out of the loop about their case.
Here is a quick look into the legal process of your case:
It begins with filing a petition or complaint
This is done by filing your petition or complaint. This can be done in the courthouse or by your attorney. In legal terms, this is known as a pleading. The opposing party must then be “served,” usually by local law enforcement. In other words, the part is given a written copy of the petition outlining the grievances of the plaintiff and the remedy they are seeking. The petition also outlines for the defendant what their responsibilities are in terms of responding and are given a strict deadline to respond to the petition.
Before the case is set for a trial, the courts often require a time of mediation
Mediation is an opportunity to settle the case before it goes to trial. An attorney can serve as a mediator to help get the case resolved before trial. In some cases, if the parties are reasonable and willing to find resolutions, mediation can solve the case without the need for trial. However, if the parties cannot reach an agreement, the next step will often be a trial.
Before the actual trial, many courts hold what is known as a pretrial hearing. The purpose of this hearing is simply to ensure there are no pending issues and that both parties have provided sufficient information to each other. The parties involved also provide a pretrial statement citing any evidence, witnesses, exhibits, etc.
You case is then brought up in the courts before a judge. This is a formal process in which testimony and evidence is then provided. The length of the trial depends on the case itself and what is presented in court. Hearing the evidence and testimony the judge will provide intervention to settle the case between the parties. At this point, all parties will be made aware what their responsibilities are for resolution.
The Role of an Attorney
The legal process can be complicated so you should strongly consider seeking a knowledgeable attorney in your case as this can significantly impact your case. Your attorney is there to answer your questions, help you understand the possible outcomes and associated cost, file the correct documents, and represent you in court if your case goes to trial. There really is no substitute for a trained professional who is familiar with the nuances of the law and the processes surrounding your case. An attorney is there to help you through the process and seek resolutions that are within your best interest.
Understanding the legal process and all that is involved when it comes to you case can feel a little overwhelming. We are here to help you understand the process and answer your questions.
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