The prospect of taking your case to court can be intimidating. The Wisconsin legal process is governed by complex rules, and a judge’s decision is final. However, our lawyers have extensive experience in civil litigation and can guide you through the process.
Generally, it is easiest and best to keep legal disputes out of court, instead resolving them through negotiation or mediation. But sometimes, litigation is necessary. The parties may not be able to reach an agreement, or the opposing party may be unwilling to cooperate. If you have to go to court, it is important to have an litigator on your side who is experienced in bringing cases to court.
The first step in litigation is discovery, or gathering evidence for your case. Your attorney can depose witnesses, ask questions of the other side using interrogatories or requests for admission, make requests for the production of documents relevant to your case, and subpoena witnesses. Depending on the facts of your case, your legal team may also need to retain expert witnesses or conduct independent investigations of the facts of the situation. Then, they must sift through all the evidence to find the important facts that support your case.
In some cases, your lawyers and the opposing party’s lawyers can negotiate a settlement that is acceptable to both parties, outside of court. Negotiations are often facilitated by the discovery process, as the facts and the relative strengths of each party’s position become clearer. But if the negotiations are fruitless, or if negotiation is not in your best interests, we are prepared to go to trial and advocate your case.
Litigation generally complicates a case. Even seemingly straightforward legal issues are often made more difficult with the added rules and strategies of litigation. In addition to being familiar with the facts and legal theories of your case, your lawyers must also know how the court system functions and how to take advantage of the rules of court. You do not want your case to be compromised by procedural errors, such as missing filing dates, errors in service, or mistakes regarding the court rules. Your lawyers must also know litigation strategy to aggressively and effectively represent your interests.
If you have a civil matter in Wisconsin that you believe warrants litigation, we can represent you in a wide variety of areas, including:
- Probate and estate administration;
- Elder law issues;
- Guardianships and special needs issues;
- Foreclosures and home retention;
- Bankruptcy; and
- Landlord-tenant law.
Contact a Brookfield Civil Litigation Attorney
The Wisconsin civil litigation attorneys at J Peterman Legal Group Ltd. are dedicated and experienced advocates and litigators. We are committed to our clients’ interests, and will vigorously protect your rights. Call or visit us at our office in Brookfield.