The process of going to court is never short or inexpensive. Most of the time your costs and time spent will always be higher than what you had initially thought. A single lawsuit can take years before there is any settlement. So one of the best things you can do is to avoid going to court. Here are a few ways to help yourself avoid litigation.
Get it in writing
One of the best ways to ensure that there is mutual understanding is to get everything in writing. It doesn’t matter if it is for a service, a partnership or employment; having your agreement in writing will save you so much trouble. Layout timelines and whatever other expectations you have of this partnership. You will be able to prove precisely when a breakdown happened as well as what was not followed through with this simple document. If you are the one signing an agreement, make sure that you read the contract! There are so many cases where people are told to sign something, and they never understood what it entails. Make sure that whatever you agree to that you know the ins and outs before putting your name to it.
Follow through with what you said you would do
If you have agreed to a particular action, make sure that you keep your end of it. This can be particularly important when dealing with employment law. Often an employer can become aware that an employee needs to be let go however once they look at their employment agreement there needs to be disciplinary action before the person can be let go. Once you have signed a contract, following through with what you promised to do will be the easiest way to stay out of court.
Count the cost
If you are looking to move forward with a lawsuit, make sure that you look at how much there is to be gained. As mentioned previously, going to court costs a lot of money and at times can outweigh what would be obtained. There is no gain for merely proving that you are right.
Only get legal advice from a lawyer
It can be easy to assume that your situation is the same your brother’s friend’s situation, but that is rarely the case. Most often, each case has some nuanced position, and only a lawyer can help you navigate the legal system. Please never decide to take on some litigation without first speaking to a lawyer who can walk you through all of the ins and outs of the law and how it pertains to your circumstances.
If you would like to speak to a lawyer about a potential case, we would love to help you. We are experts on the law and the courtroom and can help you decide if taking your case to court will be in your best interest.