In the legal world, litigation refers to the legal processes that happen after a lawsuit is filed in the actual court processes. Litigation is the term usually used for when a trial is in process and both parties are arguing for their side in a formal court of law. This can include the pretrial process, such as evidentiary hearings, and the trial itself. Litigation is presided over by a judge and may or may not include proceedings that will be decided by a jury.
Litigation can be a time-consuming and complex process, and it’s not something you want to go through alone. Our law firm is ready, willing, and able to represent you through the entire case, from filing the lawsuit to collecting on any judgment awarded by the courts.
Do All Lawsuits End in Litigation?
Filing a lawsuit doesn’t have to end in litigation, and many lawsuits never end in going through a full trial. Some lawsuits are dropped shortly after filing or may be thrown out by the courts as invalid for various reasons. Some lawsuits are settled out of court through mediation or arbitration and never make it to the actual litigation process. Talking with an attorney can help you better assess if litigation is the right choice for your case or if it might be a good idea to try other options first.
Do I Need a Lawyer for the Litigation Process?
While it is not required by the courts to have an attorney represent you during litigation, it’s almost never a good idea to represent yourself. Litigation requires a thorough knowledge of the California statutes and laws and an understanding of how the court system works. Having an attorney represent you through litigation takes the burden off of you and can help take some of the stress out of the process.
What Other Options Are There?
If you think that you have grounds for a lawsuit, it’s important to talk with an attorney about your options. Your Southern California litigation lawyer may recommend trying to settle your case out of court through mediation. It can often be helpful to see if both parties can reach a mutually agreeable resolution on their own with the help of a third party before going through the time, expense, and stress of a full trial.
Whether you are just considering filing a lawsuit or you have attempted and failed at mediation, the attorneys at our firm can represent you and provide counsel on the best path forward for your case. To get more information about the legal services we provide and what type of clients we represent, schedule a meeting with a member of our team by calling 323-230-6200.