Many people who are facing lawsuits for the first time are unfamiliar with the procedures involved in business litigation. Thomas C. Bradley, Esq., explains below what most clients should expect to encounter in a business dispute case.
The Four-Step Litigation Process
The process of litigation usually involves four stages. The length of each phase will vary depending upon complexity of the case and the number of parties involved.
- Consultation Stage. The first stage in the process is for the client to meet with an attorney to begin discussing the facts of their case. This meeting should occur as soon as possible – any delays may cause the client to lose valuable rights and may impact whether they win or lose the case. After this meeting, the lawyer can begin preparing for the case by reviewing relevant documents, researching applicable laws, and gathering evidence.
- Discovery Stage. After the initial consultation, you and your lawyer will file initial pleadings in court. During this period, the discovery process is conducted to disclose information and evidence between both parties. The discovery process gathers information through depositions, where the other party will be asked to give out-of-court oral testimony; written interrogatories, where the other party will have to answer written questions under oath; and document discovery, where the other party will be asked to provide certain documents and papers relevant to the case.
- Trial Phase. The case is ready to go to trial before a judge after all preparations are made. Under our legal system, the plaintiff has the burden of proof, so their case will go first. This will be followed by a response from the defendant. Each side will have a chance to rebut the evidence presented by the other side. The length of the trial can vary depending on the number of witnesses and exhibits, and the complexity of the case.
- Post-Trial Phase. After the trial, post-trial actions can take place, including motions for reconsideration, efforts to collect on the final judgment, and motions to set aside the jury verdict. Additionally, one or both may elect to appeal the decision to an appellate court.
Business litigation is a very complicated process involving strict deadlines and requires extensive legal knowledge. If you are considering filing a lawsuit, or if you are facing a lawsuit from another party, you need a lawyer with honesty, integrity, and experience to advocate on your behalf. Reno Nevada business litigation attorney Thomas C. Bradley is experienced and will work diligently to protect your rights.
For help with your litigation issues, please contact Reno Nevada business litigation attorney Thomas C. Bradley at (775) 323-5178.