Posted on March 27, 2013 in Litigation
As long as your life involves other individuals, you will occasionally experience conflicts. You can often settle small conflicts, such as getting a friend to repay a loan, without involving attorneys or the court system. However, sometimes you may have problems that require some form of civil litigation. You may need help collecting money from someone who caused you injury, or getting a building contractor to repair poor construction work. And, if you operate a business, you can face any number of disputes with customers or vendors. These are all examples of legal issues that can benefit from advice or legal support from an experienced Tulsa litigation attorney.
Civil litigation generally involves disputes about money or services, which commonly include personal injury claims, contract issues with businesses, neighbor disputes and similar types of situations. However, in broader terms, civil litigation can include virtually any type of dispute involving diverse areas of law such as family law and bankruptcy litigation.
Legal options available for resolving civil disputes
As explained by the Oklahoma Bar Association, the law offers several options for settling disputes. You can use informal options, such as negotiation or mediation. Alternatively, you can present your case before an impartial arbitrator using a process similar to a trial. The arbitrator listens to both sides of the dispute and decides the case. In some cases, full courtroom litigation makes the most sense and often offers the option of using a jury to decide your case.
Each option offers a variety of advantages and disadvantages. An experienced civil litigation attorney can assess your case and explain all available legal options. While your lawyer may recommend one option, the final decision belongs to you.
How civil trials work
In many ways, a civil case in court is similar to a criminal trial. In both cases, you begin by developing evidence for your case, which may include finding witnesses and experts to testify in support of your case. If you choose a jury trial, both attorneys must choose jury members. The actual trial begins with opening statements and proceeds with the presentation of both cases. After closing arguments, the jury deliberates and decides your case. However, unlike criminal cases, the jury does not require evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. In civil cases, preponderance of evidence is a valid reason to decide in favor of the plaintiff.
Contact an experienced civil litigation attorney in Tulsa
We founded the law firm of Winters & King, Inc. in 1983 to meet the diverse legal needs of people just like you. We represent people and businesses across northeast Oklahoma, as well as churches, ministries and other non-profit organizations in all 50 states.
The varied legal backgrounds, experience and expertise of our attorneys and staff, combined with our Christian standards and commitment to serve, are powerful tools in our efforts to provide you with the very best legal assistance. Call us at 918-494-6868 to discuss your legal issues and learn how we can help.
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As long as your life involves other individuals, you will occasionally experience conflicts. You can often settle small conflicts, such as getting a friend to repay a loan, without involving attorneys or the court system. However, you may have problems that require some form of civil litigation - and help from a skilled attorney.