Earlier, we outlined a recipe for analyzing a case and creating a litigation strategy. The right litigation strategy can help a pro se litigant choose the next step in a case. In this second part, we use a simple slip and fall scenario to test the recipe. Thinking through your own scenario from beginning to end can be the start of a successful experience in court.
Litigation documents are not the first thing the average person thinks about when they hear the term “legal documents”. Wills, deeds, powers of attorney, tax forms, come to mind first. These are legal documents, but they’re not for the purposes of litigation.
Litigation documents are less formulaic and more intimidating than these. Their purpose is to move a lawsuit along. In that sense, they’re more powerful than documents written on pre-printed forms.
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 […]