You have watched court procedurals on television, read about court cases in the news, and seen more than a few movies about lawyers. While taking in all of this media, have you ever stopped to wonder how lawsuits actually get filled in real life? We promise you, it is not nearly as glamorous as it seems on TV, and yet, you may still find the process somewhat interesting!
Hiring a Lawyer
Unless you are already adept at navigating the complexities of the legal system, you should hire a lawyer. Take your time and do your research. Retain an attorney who has experience in the field of law in which you are filling a lawsuit. Check their credentials, interview them, and take some time to think about your decision. Filling a lawsuit is no simple process. You want someone knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced on your side.
Sometimes, where you file your lawsuit can be almost as important as the specifics of the lawsuit itself. Your attorney should be your rock when make this decision. Most of the time, a cases will be filled with the state. In rare cases, federal courts may be involved. Venue requirements are a little more specific. Your attorney will interview you about the specifics if your case. Your area of residence, where the incident took place, and many other factors will contribute to determining the venue and jurisdiction.
Now it is time for paperwork. A lot of paperwork. Your attorney will know what documents need to be filled out and where they need to go. You will likely be filing a complaint with the appropriate state court. If you have any questions regarding the filing of your lawsuit, you can usually talk to the local court clerk about the steps that are required.