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Is your business ready for a civil lawsuit?

As a small business owner in California, you deal with legal matters every day, including contracts, employment law and other issues. Because of this, you may be unable to avoid conflicts or disputes, and these can sometimes be difficult to resolve.

The last thing you want is to get involved in something that will take time, money and resources from your business. Few things can do this more completely than a lawsuit. While dealing with business litigation is likely not on your bucket list, it might be the next logical step if you have exhausted other ways to resolve your disputes.

Taking the right steps

Criminal cases often go before a jury. However, you and your business are probably dealing with a civil matter. The parties in civil matters typically present their cases to a judge, and in many situations, they are able to reach a settlement without the expense of going to court. Common examples of civil matters that your business may deal with include contract disputes, conflicts with employees, intellectual property violations and defamation cases.

If you or your business has suffered damages or loss because of one of the above matters, you certainly want to consider every option for reclaiming what you deserve. You can pursue your goals by following these steps:

  • It is important to know exactly who the liable party may be, so you know whom to name in your lawsuit.
  • You may have to decide if it is worth the effort to sue someone who may have few resources to cover the damages you suffered.
  • Send the other party a letter of demand, which outlines your complaint and what you expect to gain from the lawsuit.
  • File your lawsuit with the appropriate court, and reserve the date the court assigns for your hearing.
  • Serve the other party with a summons for the court date.

Of course, if you have never done this before, you may find it confusing from the very first step. How do you draft a demand letter? Where do you file your complaint? If you have gone through a civil trial before, you may remember how time-consuming and frustrating it can be. This is why many business owners enlist the services of a skilled attorney whose experience and knowledge can provide peace of mind and confidence that the case will reach the most positive outcome possible.

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