Hipp Law

Guiding you through all you need to make a civil case.

The steps in a civil case

First you must hire a lawyer, and coming here is your best choice. Filing a lawsuit makes you the plaintiff, which also means your lawyer must file a complaint, or the formal statement naming the plaintiff and defendant and describes the lawsuit. The defendant is the person being sued.

Why are you suing?

What happens after you file the complaint?

The court sends the defendant a summons, which is an order to appear before a judge, and the defendant responds with an answer to the complaint. A combination of both the complaint and answer is called a pleading. The next step is the discovery phase where lawyers gather evidence. The judge may hold a pretrial conference, which is a meeting to help clarify differences and prepare for the trial..
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The Trial

If the case is decided to have a trial, the plaintiff will first present their side of the case, and then the defendant. The plaintiff must give their preponderance of evidence, which is standard proof, for them to win their case. To assist resolving the disputes between the plaintiff and defendant, arbitration and mediation can help with this. Arbitration is when a third party reviews the case and makes a final decision, while mediation is when a third party helps the both parties reach an agreement. At the end of the trial the verdict is made which is the final decision in the lawsuit.

Unhappy with the results?

If anything procedurally was done wrong in your case and you lost, our lawyers will file for an appeal which will request for a review from a higher court and could possibly result in the overturning of the verdict.