Lake Jackson Civil Litigation Attorneys
Brazoria County Lawyers Dedicated to obtaining justice for clients
Civil litigation is a stressful undertaking. Whether you need to file a lawsuit or have been served with notice of a lawsuit, the attorneys at The Cordoba Law Firm, PLLC, are ready to assist. Our attorneys are experienced in various types of civil litigation, including:
- Real estate litigation
- Consumer litigation
- Business partnership disputes
- Breach of warranty
- Contract disputes
- Fiduciary litigation
- Debt collection and defense
- Insurance bad faith claims
There are numerous deadlines in place that impact a party’s rights in civil litigation. It is best to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure you fully understand your legal options.
How long does civil litigation take?
Civil litigation may take many months or longer before a settlement is reached or a trial is conducted. How long civil litigation depends on a number of factors, such as the number of parties, the matters that are disputed, and the amount of evidence that must be gathered. Civil matters generally follow the same process.
First, an Original Petition must be drafted and filed with the court. The Original Petition lays out all the allegations against the defendants. The Original Petition must clearly explain each allegation against the defendants and must specify the type of relief sought.
After the Original Petition has been filed, it must be served on the defendants to provide them with notice of the lawsuit. After the defendants have been served with the lawsuit, they have a limited amount of time to file their answer. The answer responds to the allegations in the complaint. Generally, the allegations are denied.
After the lawsuit has been served and the answer has been filed, the parties enter what is called the discovery phase. During the discovery phase, the parties request and exchange evidence back and forth. Each party submits evidence that supports its own allegations, while seeking evidence that weakens the opposing party’s allegations.
The evidence that may be exchanged during the discovery phase includes:
- Video footage
- Written statements
- Depositions and deposition transcripts
- Company records
- Blue prints
- Expert reports
- Financial documents
- Phone records
A number of other types of evidence may also be exchanged, so long as they are relevant to the claim.
After a sufficient amount of evidence has been gathered, the parties may try to settle their claim. They may do this through the use of a mediator, or they are free to negotiate a settlement themselves through their attorneys. If they cannot reach a settlement, it is necessary to go to trial.
During trial, evidence is presented and the parties may be required to testify. At the end of trial, a judge or jury decides how the matter should be handled.
If you need assistance with a civil litigation matter, contact us today
At The Cordoba Law Firm PLLC, our civil litigation attorneys excel in trial advocacy and are not afraid to fight for you in the courtroom. To schedule a consultation to discuss your legal claim, call 979-297-2854 or contact us online. Serving clients throughout Brazoria County including Lake Jackson, Alvin, Angleton, Brazoria, Clute, Danbury, Freeport, Oyster Creek, Pearland, Sweeny, West Columbia, and Matagorda County.