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The top four reasons you need a good litigation lawyer

By Claire Mansell - 19 Nov 2014

Disagreements are part of life. Knowing where to turn when disputes turn nasty is crucial. Things can get especially difficult if a disagreement concerns a lot of money or there are friends or family involved.

A litigator's role is to help people resolve disputes and navigate their way through the Court system. Finding a good litigation lawyer can put your mind at ease and save you money in the process.

Here are four fundamental ways a good lawyer can assist you with your legal issues.

1.  Help to understand the strength of your case

The law can be complex and it's not always easy to know which side is "right". Even if you think you've got a sure fire winner, the Court may have a different view.

A good lawyer can explain your case's strengths and weaknesses so that you are in a better position to negotiate. Sometimes, there may be a law or historic case that holds the answer to the dispute. Once you know where you stand, you'll know how to move forward.

2.  Help to create a more convincing argument

If heading to Court looks inevitable, it's better to call a lawyer sooner rather than later. A litigation lawyer can help set up your case and fix any weaknesses so you are in the best possible position going into any negotiations or to Court. This may include making sure you've done everything you should have, have the correct paperwork, and that you have all the right evidence. Waiting until you're served with Court proceedings may be too late.

3.  The power of a lawyer's letterhead

It's surprising what a strongly worded letter on a law firm's letterhead can do. Sending a letter may just be the nudge the other side needs to resolve the dispute. On the other hand, it may make the enemy harden their stance or get a lawyer involved themselves. An experienced litigator can advise on when to tread softly and when to start playing hard-ball. 

In Britain, some banks know the value of a law firm's letter and have sent debt collection demands on fake law firm letterhead (something we don't advise doing!).

4.  Ensure you get real value for money

Lawyers cost money. Hiring a lawyer to chase a $2,000 debt may not be cost-effective. However, if you have fifty debts of $2,000, it suddenly becomes worthwhile. There may also be some non-financial benefit in pursuing a low value case through the Courts, such as setting an example to other creditors that non-payment will not be tolerated.

How do you know if you have a good Lawyer?

A good litigator will listen to your problems and help formulate a strategy to guide your case.

If you need no nonsense advice on litigation issues contact Claire Mansell today.


Claire Mansell


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