Michealson Law Firm

We help you, when others won't!

We know it's scary going into a law suit for the first time...

Here at Michealson Law Firm, we have top notch staff to make sure that you are getting the best possible service and that everything turns out in the most helpful manner that it can.

We are sure you might need some help with things, especially terms like these...

What is...



A Plaintiff: The plaintiff is the person or group that brings the case into court against another person or group.


A Defendant: The defendant is the accused group or person.


Complaint: This is a legal document that outlines the facts or the case and the legal reasons that the case should be in court.


Summons: A legal document that orders a person's appearance in court.


Pleading: Each side of the case will formally submit their claims and defenses.


A Pretrial Conference: This is a short meeting in which the judge will inform all members of what steps are necessary before the trial takes place.


Mediation: This is when a third party will assist the two parties in negotiating the situation out to the final settlement.


Arbitration: This is similar to mediation, except for the fact that both parties agree to be bound by the decision made by the arbitrator.


A Trial: This is where a judge, and often times a jury, will examine the evidence of a case to determine guilt.


Preponderance of Evidence: This is really just a fancy way of saying, it's the plaintiff's job to provide enough proof for their case.


Verdict: This is the judge's, or jury's, decision on the case.


Appeal: An appeal is what can take place if you feel like some things were done incorrectly in your original trial. This can be requested if you would like a higher court to reverse the previous decision by the lower court.