Civil litigation generally includes all disputes that are formally submitted to a court about any subject in which one party is claimed to have committed a wrong, but not a crime. However, many specialized subjects fall outside this definition, such as labor law, as well as divorce actions and even small claims cases, even though all of these are technically types of “civil” litigation.
Civil litigation takes many forms depending on the type of case, but in general, this is the legal process that most people think of when the word “lawsuit” is used. A typical lawsuit begins with filing a complaint in court; the other party gets notice of the complaint and an opportunity to answer; there may be opportunities for both parties to “discover” what each one intends to present as evidence at a trial; and a trial is then scheduled. How formal the trial is, and whether or not it uses a jury, depends on the type and the posture of your case. A careful understanding of the rules and law that govern each of these distinct aspects of litigation is what sets the attorneys at Westlake Legal Group apart.
Inherent in the litigation process is also the settlement process. The rarely discussed foundation of litigation is that very few cases, only a small percentage of those filed, actually proceed through a trial. That is because, more often than not, cases settle prior to litigation even if that happens to be just before trial. It is imperative that you have strong representation throughout this entire process in order to ensure that your rights are protected up to an including settlement or trial.
The attorneys at Westlake Legal Group have the experience necessary to zealously represent your rights while still being mindful that often times, if not properly handled, cases can end up costing litigants more than the underlying loss. Our attorneys will work with you to develop a litigation strategy; to clearly determine the virtues and defects of your case; and to advise you on the likelihood and benefit of any potential settlements while weighing them against proceeding with a trial.
Our litigation team includes attorneys and staff who will put their experience to work for you. We are known as aggressive litigators and for our ability to hold opposing parties and the courts to the law at all stages of litigation. We are aware that, often times, people can become emotionally vested in their own cases and realize that the most important role we can sometimes play is that of the “voice of reason.” Our attorneys promise you that they may not always tell you what you want to hear, but they will always tell you what you need to hear and put you in a position to succeed.