Lawsuits are expensive and stressful. Fortunately, most civil lawsuits never reach trial. But even in negotiations, it is important to have an experienced attorney who understands your situation and is familiar with Indiana law to protect your rights. And if a dispute does go to court, it is essential to have an experienced litigator on your side.
Generally, it is preferable to keep disputes out of court. If the parties can resolve a dispute through negotiation, it is usually cheaper and faster than litigation. An attorney who understands the strengths of your case can negotiate to get a bigger settlement.
But it is not always possible to settle. The opposing party may not be cooperative, or a lack of information may make settlement difficult. In that case, an experienced litigator can help.
The first step in litigation is discovery. In the discovery process, you exchange documents and information with the opposing party. Your attorney can question witnesses in depositions, make requests for the production of documents, use interrogatories and requests for admission to ask questions of the other party, and subpoena witnesses. The information-gathering process of discovery allows both parties to gain a fuller understanding of the case.
Even after a lawsuit is filed, the parties may be able to reach an agreement. The discovery process may make this easier. Because you have more information, you can get a better idea of the strength of your case, and your attorney can better negotiate for you. But if no settlement is reached, you can continue with litigation.
Litigation in Indiana is complex, and means that the parties have to work under the rules of the court. Additionally, the outcome in litigation is uncertain. In settlement negotiations, any agreement made will be acceptable to both parties, but in court, the judge or jury’s decision is final, and you do not have a say. For these reasons, it is especially important to have an experienced litigator to aggressively represent you and protect your rights.
If you have a civil dispute, we can represent you in matters including:
- Real estate matters;
- Landlord-tenant law;
- Business law;
- Creditors’ rights; and
- Probate and estate administration.
The experienced Indiana civil litigation lawyers at the J Peterman Legal Group Ltd. are dedicated to defending your rights. If you have a civil dispute, please call us today for a free consultation at our office in Merrillville.