What are the Actual Steps in a Lawsuit?

Author: Fernando Jimenez Date: February 19, 2018

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If it appears that your attorney and the opposing counsel are unable to reach a settlement agreement, the next step is litigation. Your attorney is going to have to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party.

Litigation may seem intimidating for those who have never been involved in a lawsuit or are unfamiliar with the process. You may be wondering what comes next and what you must do. Rest assured, your attorney will be there every step of the way. Below are the major actions and documents that must be filed in a lawsuit. Remember, if at any point in this process you have questions or concerns, be sure to reach out to your attorney. This article is meant to give a general overview of the litigation process.

These steps are mostly the same in all 50 states and federal court. The documents may look slightly different because each state has its own rules of civil procedure and ways of drafting materials, but the steps are the same.


Steps of a Lawsuit

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