At Larkin Farrell, LLC, we practice all forms of civil litigation. Civil litigation is a term used to describe the legal process applied to non-criminal matters. Civil litigation is the filing and subsequent prosecution and defense of a civil lawsuit filed to resolve a legal dispute between two or more individuals or business entities over compensation, usually in the form of money, for damages incurred or specific performance for services that were not delivered.
Civil Litigation, or General Litigation, can include litigation involving the following substantive areas of law:
- Insurance Litigation
- Real Estate Litigation
- Collection Litigation
- Property Damage Litigation
- Employment Litigation
- Business Litigation
- Construction Litigation
Civil Litigation is the name of the process designed to bring civil disagreements to a resolution. The litigation process includes numerous stages, such as pleadings, discovery and trial, designed to allow the litigants and the court to identify the issues in dispute, gather evidence and ultimately decide the outcome of the case.
Pleading is the beginning stage of a lawsuit in which parties formally submit their claims and defenses. The plaintiff submits a complaint stating the cause of action; the issue or issues in controversy. The defendant submits an answer stating his or her defenses and denials. The defendant may also submit a counterclaim stating a cause of action against the plaintiff. Pleadings serve an important function of providing notice to the defendant that a lawsuit has been instituted concerning a specific controversy or controversies. It also provides notice to the plaintiff of the defendant’s intentions in regards to the suit.
Discovery is the formal process of exchanging information between the parties about the witnesses and evidence to be presented at trial. The purpose of discovery is to make the parties aware of the evidence that may be presented at trial.
The trial is the principal method for resolving legal disputes that parties cannot settle by themselves or through less formal methods. The chief purpose of a trial is to secure fair and impartial administration of justice between the parties to the action.
Often the parties to a dispute agree to resolve the dispute through arbitration or mediation (forms of “alternative dispute resolution”) because both are a quicker, more cost effective alternative to litigating a case in court.
The attorneys at Larkin Farrell, LLC have extensive experience representing clients at trial, hearings, and any and all forms of alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration or mediation. We can’t help you until you call us with your legal problem. Click the link to send us an email or call us at (212) 888-5807 to discuss. Many legal issues are time sensitive so don’t delay. Call or email us now. All consultations are free of charge. If you decide to hire us we can work out a payment arrangement that fits your budget.