Do you need to file a lawsuit but don’t know how? It is recommended to speak with a civil litigation lawyer to help you navigate through what can be a complicated process. At our Cary law firm our approach is to produce cost-effective, long-term solutions that uphold your basic and legal rights. As a result, the final outcome often exceeds our clients’ expectations. Founding attorney, Hank Doyle, has over 25 years of experience representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants in civil lawsuits of many types.
Civil Litigation Matters We Handle
Most civil litigation matters involve commercial or contract disputes. Contract terms are often vague, especially if the contract in dispute is an insurance agreement. So, assertive and experienced legal representation is essential. Furthermore, if your business is a corporation, it might be illegal to represent yourself in court.
At The Doyle Law Offices, we take the same single-minded approach to:
- Real Estate Disputes
- Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR)
- Competency & Guardianship
- Petitions & Special Proceedings before the Clerk
Because of our expertise and dedication, we normally resolve these issues out of court. This approach saves our clients money and time, while it avoids a protracted court battle that no one really wants.
What to Expect in a Civil Litigation Case
Knowing what to expect in a civil dispute helps our clients make the best possible decisions. That’s especially true for startup businesses unfamiliar with the litigation process.
In many cases, the aforementioned out-of-court settlement comes from the result of a well-crafted demand letter. Our professionals know how to concisely state claims, refute possible defenses, and present evidence in just a few paragraphs.
If liability is contested, and it usually is, our attorneys at the Doyle Law Offices typically file legal paperwork in court. This aggressive move puts pressure on the other side to settle, and it also protects our clients’ legal rights.
At this point, the judge usually hears procedural motions. As long as attorneys do their homework in the early stages, the other side’s motions rarely succeed. Additionally, because of our diligence, our team can normally get meritless claims thrown out of court.
The discovery phase usually comes next. The parties exchange information about their claims and defenses. Many settlements occur at this point, because both sides place all their cards on the table.
If the case remains unresolved, many Wake County judges refer the matter to mediation. A third-party mediator works with both sides to forge a settlement agreement. If the parties are not light-years apart in their positions and they both negotiate in good faith, mediation is usually successful.
Some contracts require mediation, arbitration, or another form of alternative dispute resolution. We approach these non-litigation matters with the same tenacity and assertiveness.
A Strong-Willed Cary Civil Litigation Attorney Often Makes a Tremendous Difference
An attorney should do more than successfully resolve your civil litigation matter. This resolution should come as quickly as possible, so you can get back to business as usual.
Not sure where to start? Read our article, “You’ve been sued — What now?”
We handle lawsuits in NC District Court and NC Superior Court for clients in Cary, Raleigh, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Wake Forest and greater Wake County.
FAQs for Civil Litigation Matters
Our civil litigation lawyers have answered four top questions regarding civil litigation cases in North Carolina.
What is the difference between a lawyer and a litigator?
Lawyers differ from litigators in that they offer legal advice and assistance to their clients. While lawyers can represent and advocate for their clients in court, litigators solely focus on representing their clients in the courtroom.
What constitutes a civil case?
A civil case is a lawsuit filed by a person or entity against another person or entity. Civil cases differ from criminal cases in that criminal lawsuits are filed by the state against a person or entity.
What steps are involved when either filing or defending a civil lawsuit case?
There are four main steps involved in every civil lawsuit. First, a civil lawsuit is filed by a person or entity. Then, both parties build discovery, which is a formal information exchange about the evidence that will be presented at trial. Third, both parties go to trial in a courtroom where they appear and testify before a judge. Lastly, a decision is made which can be appealed in many cases.
What does a civil litigation lawyer do?
A civil litigation lawyer represents either a plaintiff or defendant in a civil lawsuit. Common civil cases that civil litigation lawyers represent include a tort claim, breach of contract, equitable claims, and disputes between a landlord and their tenant.