As a litigation lawyer, we can represent you in court. If you are looking for a lawyer to represent you, it is important that you interview them and ask questions regarding what services they provide. Contrary to popular belief, most lawyers do not spend time in the courtroom. Instead, they handle contracts and negotiations outside of court. Whether through mediation, arbitration, or simple negotiation, many lawyers handle client issues without the need to formally appear in court. While sometimes effective, there are many situations where negotiations are not appropriate or effective. The challenge is that if you hire a lawyer who does not litigate, you could find yourself needing a new attorney quickly.
Here are a few benefits of hiring a litigation lawyer:
Experience. Working with an experienced lawyer means you will receive the best possible representation. When it comes to presenting evidence and a case before a judge, experience can make the difference in whether or not the outcome of your case is successful.
Procedure. As a litigation lawyer, we understand the procedures that must be followed in the courtroom and leading up to the actual trial. There are specific pieces of paperwork that must be filed, timelines that must be met, and even pre-trial motions that need to be made. Doing so correctly is critical for ensuring your case goes smoothly.
Trial Preparation. It takes time to prepare to go to trial. Witnesses need to be identified, interviewed, and prepared, evidence needs to be gathered and filed, etc. If you begin the process by working with a non-litigation attorney and need to hire a new one suddenly, there may not be enough time for the new attorney to prepare. This can pose a significant challenge, especially when there are court-mandated timelines. For example, there are timelines for when witnesses need to be subpoenaed or when evidence needs to be submitted. If you fail to meet these deadlines, even accidentally, you could lose the opportunity to call those witnesses or have that piece of evidence reviewed in court. These types of mistakes can cost you your case, which is why you need to work with the right attorney from the beginning.
If you have a legal challenge and want to find out if you have a case, we encourage you to call our office and schedule a consultation. We can discuss your particular issue whether you have been injured, etc., and discuss what the possible outcomes of your case may be. For example, we can let you know if your case might be settled outside of court or if you can expect to go to litigation. In both cases, we will walk you through the process so you can feel prepared. Working together, we will identify any evidence that should be gathered or anyone who could contribute to your case as an expert or character witness. This will all be incorporated into our plan, so you have the highest likelihood of experiencing a positive outcome. To learn more, call and speak with a litigation lawyer today.