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Things to Consider Before Filing a Lawsuit

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Filing a Lawsuit

There are several things that you should consider before filing a lawsuit. These include:


1.      Determine if you have a valid claim: Make sure that you have a legal basis for your claim and that it falls within the statute of limitations for the type of case you are bringing.  A lawyer can help you with this step, and likely identify claims you didn’t know were available to you.


2.      Gather evidence: Collect any documents, photos, or other evidence that supports your case. This may include contracts, emails, or other correspondence.

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3.      Identify the right defendant: Make sure that you are suing the correct person or entity.  When it comes to corporations, that is not always straightforward.  Check the Ohio Secretary of State for filing data.


4.      Consult with an attorney: It is a good idea to speak with an attorney before filing a lawsuit. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options, and can advise you on the best course of action.


5.      Understand the costs: Filing a lawsuit can be expensive, so it is important to understand the costs involved and whether you have the financial resources to pursue a case.


6.      Consider alternative dispute resolution: Before filing a lawsuit, you may want to consider alternative dispute resolution options such as mediation or arbitration (if available). These options can often be faster and less expensive than going to court.

If you are considering hiring a law firm to help you file a lawsuit, there are several things you may want to consider:


1.      Expertise: It is important to choose a law firm that has experience handling litigation cases. Look for firms that focus on litigation as a practice area.


2.      Reputation: Do some research on the law firm and read reviews from past clients. You want to choose a firm that has a good reputation for meeting their clients’ objectives and for providing excellent client service.


3.      Fees: Consider the fees that the law firm will charge for their services. Most firms charge on an hourly basis, but some may offer alternative fee arrangements such as a flat fee or contingency fee (where we only get paid if they win your case). Make sure you understand the terms of the fee arrangement and whether it is feasible for you.


4.      Communication: It is important to choose a law firm that is responsive and communicates well. You want to work with attorneys who will keep you informed about the status of your case and who are available to answer your questions.  We ensure our clients are regularly communicated with and get copies of all documents in their case.


5.      Compatibility: It is also important to choose a law firm that you feel comfortable working with. You will be sharing sensitive information with your attorney, so it is important to find someone who you trust and feel comfortable talking to.


6.      Resources: Consider the resources that the law firm has at its disposal to handle your case.  A solo practitioner might be fine for small matters under $50,000, but it would be best to find a firm that practices mainly in litigation if your matter is over that amount.  Unless you have a complex class action you need to defend, you probably can save a lot of money by skipping the major firms in the area.


Ultimately, the decision of which law firm to hire should be based on your needs and goals for your case. It is important to do your research and choose a law firm that you feel confident will represent your interests effectively

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