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To Sue Or Not To Sue?

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If you have been injured or slighted in any way it can be tempting to take legal action against the offending party. While engaging in civil litigation makes sense for some people, you must carefully evaluate your situation to determine if suing someone makes sense.

Here are some criteria that you can use when determining whether or not you should file a lawsuit in the future.

Cost

In order to successfully file a lawsuit you will most likely need the help of a qualified attorney from a firm like Valley Law Group. The services these professionals provide come at a cost, and you should be prepared to absorb these costs if you plan to file a lawsuit.

Here are some common costs associated with civil litigation:

  • Attorney's Fees- The rate an attorney will charge to help with your lawsuit can vary anywhere from $50 to $1,000 per hour. In addition to paying for the time your attorney spends working on your case you will also be responsible for financing work done by paralegals and any copy services utilized to file your suit.  
  • Court Fees- Before you can successfully file a lawsuit you will be required to pay the associated filing fee. These fees are set by the court, and help cover the administrative costs incurred when formally filing a lawsuit.

Time

When you make the decision to file a lawsuit you must be committed to your cause. Many people fail to realize that civil litigation takes time, and a typical lawsuit will last up to two years or longer before a resolution is reached.

Prepare yourself for a lawsuit by reviewing the following time frames associated with filing:

  • Gathering Facts- Before you can formally file your lawsuit you must take the time to gather facts that are pertinent to your case. Depending on your unique situation this process can take a significant amount of time. Be sure that you factor in this additional time when determining if you should file a lawsuit.  
  • Responses- Each pleading that you file in association with your lawsuit must be reviewed by the judge and the opposing party. The individual you are suing is given a set period of time to respond to each pleading that you file, and these response times can vary. Be prepared to wait for responses, and understand that these can add to the overall amount of time it will take to resolve your lawsuit.

When you take the time to consider the cost and time commitment associated with a lawsuit you will be able to determine whether or not filing a claim is in your best interest.


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