Civil litigation involves a situation where you and another person are involved in a legal dispute (not involving criminal charges) and you are seeking some type of compensation such as money or performance of the terms of a contract.How We can Help You
At Brown Law Office we know that understanding your rights and how to navigate the civil court system can be complicated and difficult for most people.
We also know that most cases are settled without going to court but that it is important that clients are prepared and properly represented in resolving their disputes so that they get the most favourable and cost-effective outcome possible.
At Brown Law Office, our experienced trial lawyer will work closely with you and help guide you through the litigation and dispute resolution processes. We provide strong advocacy for our clients to make sure they are treated fairly and receive the best representation possible from our experienced litigation lawyer.
At Brown Law Office we pride ourselves on the trusting relationships we build with our clients. We work closely with our clients to determine their needs and how we can best serve them.
We can you help you by:
- Reviewing your case and providing you with legal advice
- Helping you to understand your rights, risks involved, potential costs and potential outcomes
- Negotiating the best possible settlement for you
- Assisting you with completing court forms and other legal documents
- Attending mediation or arbitration
- Handling pleadings, discovery or pre-trail proceedings
- Handling the trial and any potential appeals
- Fighting for your rights and the settlement you deserve
When can you start a lawsuit?
To begin a lawsuit a statement of claim must be filed against the person who you feel has wronged you and caused physical or economic loss. This starts the litigation process. Unlike many criminal proceedings, intent does not have be proven in a civil context. Where individuals have acted deliberately, in addition to that actual amount you have lost, the court may also award punitive damages (damages awarded to punish the plaintiff or defendant and to deter them from engaging in future wrong doings).
Lawsuits brought or defended in Ontario require serious consideration. The person who loses of a lawsuit is generally required to pay the cost of the successful party, in addition to their own lawyer’s fees. Taking an action to trial is very expensive for both parties but particularly for the party losing and required to pay costs. This is why the decision to sue or defend should be taken after careful consideration with a lawyer. A qualified lawyer will discuss the pros and cons and whether settlement should be attempted and resolve the action without the need of trial. Options available may involve mediation or arbitration.
Individuals can commence a civil litigation actions by themselves, but this is not recommended as the process is quite complicated and rule intensive. The Court or the court staff will not assist with any legal issues that might arise.
If you are involved in a lawsuit in need of an experienced litigation lawyer or you are uncertain and would like to know what your options are, contact Brown Law Office today for a consultation and let us see how we can help you.
Trusted Durham Region and GTA Civil Litigation Lawyer