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What To Do If You Are Involved In A Pending Lawsuit

Aug 17, 2007
Lawsuits often take years to determine if money is owed to the party suing the company or
individual. Lawsuits are civil cases that require good record keeping on both parts. If you are
involved in a pending lawsuit against another source, it is important to keep records of all
communications, efforts, complaints, legal copies, medical records, and so forth.

Keeping all documentation of the case can help your lawyer to refute your opponent's charges.
People often ask what is involved in lawsuits. The fact is that lawsuits are similar to any court
procedure, except that sometimes, the party being sued will negotiate if evidence is mounting against
the source. Thus, the lawyer, the plaintiff, defendant, and other relative court authorities will join in
a large room to decide or negotiate if the money offered to halt the suit is sufficient to placate the
plaintiff.

The plaintiff-in this instance-is you, while the defendant is the person being sued. Other questions
should be asked, such as whether or not the negotiated fee will cover lawyer costs and whether or not
the settlement will include court costs and the cost of the damage as a result of the injury or mental
harm.

Your lawyer will help you through the negotiation; however, you will be asked whether you want to
accept the settlement. If you feel the settlement is not enough, then the next step may be handled in a
courtroom, unless you request a settlement on your own in which if the sued is agreeable to the
settlement-and then the case may end there. For the most part, lawyers take 10 to 20% of the
settlement, leaving you the remaining balance, subtracting court costs, which the party being sued
will pay in most cases.

Lawsuits differ in various states, thus to find out more about lawsuits, you will need to check the
laws in your state for civil cases.
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