What You Should Know About Civil Litigation

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A court case is one of those things in life that no one wants to deal with. And when we find ourselves involved in litigation, we all want it to end as quickly as possible for reasons of time, money and peace of mind. For a timely resolution that ends in our favor, it is important to hire a good attorney to represent us. Let’s take a closer look at civil litigation, starting with an overview of what to expect in a lawsuit.

Finding Your Way Through Court: Steps in a Lawsuit

There are countless ways you could find yourself in court, either filing (or facing) a civil lawsuit. Maybe you’ve been injured in a car accident, or perhaps someone is claiming you owe them money. Regardless of how you got to civil court, chances are it’s foreign territory. Most people aren’t all that familiar with the different stages of a lawsuit (most legal disputes settle, after all) but it’s important to get a sense of what’s to come, so that you can best protect yourself and your rights. So, read on for a summary of the different steps to expect if your dispute makes its way to court. Read more at Lawyers.com…

As the post above describes, many cases get settled before they reach a courtroom. If your lawsuit is one that does make it to civil court, there are several things you need to be clear about, relative to the laws of North Carolina. The following post offers details of some key things you should know:

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Civil Litigation – A Roadmap to Trial in NC Civil Court

The complexity of civil litigation in North Carolina can be overwhelming. While your attorney will be well-versed in this area, it’s still important to understand the basic process in a civil litigation case and the steps to take to go from filing the suit to meeting in court. Take a closer look at the NC civil court process and outlines a typical civil lawsuit at the Superior Court level.

Levels of Civil Court

In North Carolina, there are three levels of trial court that handle civil litigation: Small Claims/Magistrate Court, District Court, and Superior Court. What warrants a case to be filed on the Superior Court level?

A key factor in determining which level of court to litigate a case depends on the dollar amount being disputed. Read more at The Doyle Law Offices…

The information provided above can help you decide whether settling is more beneficial than proceeding with litigation. Of course, your attorney — who has the education and experience to guide you to the best probable outcome — will be your best source of guidance. This is the reason it is critical that you have good legal representation. Representing yourself — acting as a “Pro se litigant” in legal speak — is a risky move that can doom your case from the outset. Read the following post to learn more:

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Don’t Go It Alone: The Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Never Be A Pro Se Litigant in Family Law Cases

Pro se litigants are people who represent themselves in legal proceedings. A few weeks ago, I witnessed the best performance by a pro se litigant that I have ever seen. This pro se litigant was in District Court taking on her ex-husband and his attorney in a temporary child support hearing.  For a person with no formal training, she did fairly well. She mostly stuck to the facts. She asked questions that didn’t draw many objections. She didn’t appear to frustrate the court with irrelevant or unnecessary information.  It was obvious that she was out of her element, but she still maintained her poise and she never looked overly nervous. Still, no matter how much better she performed than some of the other pro se litigants that I have observed in the past, she lost her hearing. Read more at McIlveen Family Law…

As you can see, it is always best to work with an attorney who knows the law that governs your civil suit. If you need an outstanding attorney to lead your civil litigation proceeding in Charlotte, contact Meek Law Firm today. Attorney Jonathan Meek has assisted many people with their legal needs and he can help you as well. Call (704) 848-6335 or use the contact form on the right of this page to schedule a consultation appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.

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About the Author:

As a small business owner, Meek has a passion for working with others who found and work for small- and medium-sized businesses. His goal is to not only help them protect and grow their businesses but also to resolve any personal legal issues they might face along the way. Meek is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Mecklenburg County Bar Association, and the North Carolina State Bar. He is also on the board of Open Aperture Productions, a legal videography firm that he began in 2003. In addition, he participated in many hours of pro bono service during his law school career, including an externship with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney.