Every day we deal with various people and businesses for a variety of reasons. There are times when the outcome of these interactions is not what was discussed. It results in the other party owing you money or the other party has caused harm in some way. While letting go seems the easy way out, there are some instances where you can’t seem to let go.
That is where you can seek justice for your grievance by filing a civil suit. The Barnett Firm is your partner in addressing such complaints and ensuring that you receive just compensation for your hardship. According to one report released by Judiciary Branch, civil case filings increased by 3% in 2019 in U.S. District Courts. So, you are not alone when it comes to filing a civil litigation case for your grievance. You do need a strong team that can back you up in this fight. The team should:
Be Technologically Adept
The last thing you need when filing a civil suit is for your attorney not to be tech-savvy. Today, information sharing can be done in nanoseconds. You need your attorney to be able to keep pace with technology. In a civil suit, information is key, and not being able to share that in time can cause a significant setback in the case.
Be Experienced In Civil Litigation Cases
A law school graduate who has probably handled none to one case won’t help you much. That only works in movies. What you need is an experienced legal team to back you up. The team may include paralegals with low experience, but at least one attorney should have a decade of experience in handling civil litigation cases.
A civil suit is all about the wording. The attorney needs to be creative in putting the issue in perspective so that it favors you. The attorneys at The Barnett Firm have over ten years of experience in handling civil matters. They understand that thinking outside the box is what will yield solutions that all parties are interested in.
Be Willing To Settle
Every attorney wants his day in court, but why at your expense. If the other party is willing, your attorney should confer with you and make suggestions on a settlement.
Be a Master Negotiator
Negotiations settle lawsuits and save you tons of money. While we all negotiate almost daily, a civil suit requires an understanding of all aspects of your case and its legal implication. The attorney should understand concepts such as hard bargain, win-win, leverage, alternatives, offers, and counteroffers. The attorney should also help you overcome conflict and think objectively to negotiate a viable settlement.
Be Assertive, Not Aggressive
The line is almost blurred between assertive and aggressive. A confident attorney will make their opinion heard while being respectful to others. An aggressive attorney will ignore others’ and their advice and only try to make their case. Negotiations call for assertiveness, not aggressiveness.
If the other party feels offended, they may not want to settle and take you to court. With civil cases going to trial in 12 to 18 months after being filed, you can expect a lengthy trial and substantial legal fees.
Be a Good Communicator
Communication is a two-way street. Meaning, you should be able to listen too. Your attorney should be able to listen to you, the other party, their colleagues, and judges. They should be able to analyze all this information and then advice their clients.
Excellent communication skills can increase the efficiency of the process, as attorneys are understood. On the contrary, bad communication skills can hamper the process, as messages have to be repeated.
Compassion is another skill that people think as attorneys lacking. Not true. Without compassion, they would be unable to fight for their clients. Unless they can perceive your problem, they cannot fight for you. By focusing on feelings along with facts, they can present a justifiable cause.
Able To Persevere
It means the attorney shouldn’t give up without a fight. No matter how long and difficult the road, the journey must go on. At times you may want to give up. Your attorney should persevere and motivate you to continue. If needed, you can take a break and come back with a refreshed mindset to start again.
A civil case can be either settled in a matter of months or draw out, in court, for years. Your legal team should be one who is the best in both scenarios. They should be able to fight for you no matter what. The qualities mentioned above are what you will find in the attorneys at The Barnett Firm. So, if some injustice has been carried out against you, speak up now.