For those who have worked with us or read our blogs, you should have noticed a trend. Generally, we underscore the significance of avoiding legal disputes. The reasoning here is that litigation can be expensive, and the financial burden of a trial can be overwhelming for both businesses and people. There are instances where a “win” doesn’t feel like one due to how it costs to get there.
These proceedings can also last months or years. This is time pulled away from more productive and profitable endeavors. Though this blog could solely be about all the reasons why litigation shouldn’t be your first choice, it is also important to point out that litigation can also destroy personal and professional relationships. Mediation and negotiation, on the other hand, can generate a win-win solution that can maintain or preserve them.
Even though litigation should not be sought out, there are situations where it becomes unavoidable. At what point should your focus shift from preventing it to preparing for it? Knowing when and how to get ready is pivotal when you find yourself in this position.
In most scenarios, litigation is not sprung upon you suddenly. A series of actions and steps ultimately devolve to the point where litigation is required to find a resolution. For instance, there are threats of lawsuits, receiving demand letters, and escalating animosity. Sometimes, one side may realize they are investing significant money to resolve a dispute and need help finding a solution.
Although nothing we just mentioned guarantees that litigation is on the horizon, they indicate it. Regardless, you should contact legal counsel when you encounter any of them. Take comfort in knowing that you will likely not have to be the one to realize when a situation warrants litigation. However, you do need to be aware of when to speak with a business law attorney.
Essential Preparatory Steps
If you have spoken to an attorney, and they have deemed litigation to be fundamentally necessary, you will begin preparing. Preparation is critical with litigation. Typically, this process starts by collecting evidence.
To save time, you can collect these (if you can access them) before you meet with your attorney. The more information you provide, the better position they will be in to support and defend you. After learning more about you and your situation, they will likely ask for more specific forms of documentation. Remember that they will guide you through each component and ask for your assistance. They will also explain what they need and why. Their litigation plan will likely be based on the evidence they gather.
One of the overlooked components of this process is safeguarding your personal assets. In addition to creating a defense (if you are being sued), attorneys are pivotal in strategizing how to counter the opposition’s arguments and prevent potential financial vulnerabilities.
Quantum Lex is highly experienced with preventing litigation and facing them head-on when it becomes inevitable and necessary. We are dedicated to giving our clients top-tier representation because you should not have to deal with these legal matters alone. Contact us today to schedule a consultation if facing a potential lawsuit. Let’s chart the best path forward for your unique situation.
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