Litigation stages are the specific sections of the legal action process. Each case is completely different which in turn will cause the steps to differ.
The first step of any legal action is to secure an experienced attorney to assist you and work towards your best interest. When you meet with the attorney for the first time, you will go over your situation and your attorney will advise you on your next course of action. If your civil litigation lawyer believes you have a considerable case, you will then start the litigation process. The stages of the litigation process are:
An investigation is the start of any litigation process. You should provide any documentation you have regarding your case to your attorney, and they will go through it and determine what is needed or organize it into an order of importance.
Pleadings must be filed by both parties in a litigation case. The plaintiff will file the first pleading (the Complaint) which describes the wrongdoings of the defendant. The complaint is then served on the defendant by either the Sheriff or a process server.
Once the complaint is filed and served, the defendant will have a certain amount of time to answer the complaint. They can admit or deny different points of the complaint. They can even request the complaint be dismissed.
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