Litigation is fluid, and you can file many documents at any stage. However, this list will make you aware of available litigation documents and when they are most commonly filed.
Understanding the litigation process will help you formulate the basic strategies you need to put up an effective fight. These simple strategies are designed to give you an idea of things to look out for at each stage of litigation.
Discovery can be a mind-boggling lineup of requests for admissions, requests for production of documents, requests for interrogatories, depositions, motions to compel, protective orders, and notices. Despite all that, your strategy for discovery is to get as much out of your opponent as you can while holding back as much as the law will allow.
When you do it right, litigation is a slow and lengthy process, with peaks and valleys of activity. You’re tempted to lose focus when things slow down. But that’s just what your opponent may be waiting for.
Legal troubles will plague the Democratic and Republican nominees for president throughout 2016. Which case has the greater potential to blow up in the candidate’s face?
The discovery stage of a case is make or break. It’s where the rubber meets the road, where the evidence to be considered by the judge or jury gets into the record. It’s not something you should do at the last minute. In fact, you should be thinking about it long before you file your complaint or answer. Here’s a simple strategy to begin the process, with a link to samples and templates.
The difference between an essay and an argument before a court is legal research. When you show a judge that the legislature has weighed in on your issue, or an appellate court has ruled your way in a similar case, then you’re probably going to win the day. Far too many of us are intimidated at the […]
Summary judgment is to litigation what the slam dunk is to basketball. When all sides agree on the relevant facts and those facts prove or disprove the case, there’s no need for a trial to weigh the evidence. No need to prepare exhibits, subpoena witnesses, practice direct and cross examinations and so forth, because all […]
When you reach the discovery stage of your case, the fun is just beginning. Now you get to evaluate your opponent’s evidence. Watch out for landmines though, like unanswered requests for admissions.
Picture this: Two pro se litigants — let’s call them Able and May — were sued for foreclosure by JPMorgan Chase Bank. (Names have been changed to protect privacy.) Able and May attempted to depose a bank vice president who had verified a mortgage assignment before it was actually created, but the bank didn’t like that […]