Pre-trial: Research and filing
When you think you have a civil litigation claim, it’s important to bring that claim to an experienced attorney who has filed many civil litigation cases successfully. Rather than guessing at your case’s success in the courtroom, pre-trial allows you to work with an attorney and determine how likely it is that your case will win.
During pre-trial, your lawyer will examine the laws that apply to your case and research the specific facts of your circumstance. If you decide to move forward with your civil litigation case, your attorney will then file your case and continue researching the proper plan of action.
While the right lawyer will be prepared and confident in litigating your case in court, they will still look for ways to solve the case outside of court. This is sometimes known as alternative dispute resolution, a process where your attorney looks to save you time, money, and damage to your personal relationships by settling the case before it goes to court.
Once you and your attorney feel confident that your civil litigation case does need to go to court, your lawyer will get to work filing your case. They will assemble the research gathered throughout the pre-trial phase and include this information in your petition. A petition is a document presented to the court that asks for a certain outcome. Having a lawyer write your petition for you will greatly increase your chances of winning your case.