While you hope that your construction project will go smoothly, there’s a possibility that litigation will be required for disputes that you can’t resolve on your own.
Here’s what you need to know about the different phases of construction litigation, along with the benefits of hiring a lawyer with experience handling this type of legal issue.
Phase 1: Case Investigations
During phase one, an investigation determines if there’s enough evidence to file a lawsuit or craft a defense to potential litigation. Your lawyer will acquire witness testimony, research and gather documents, and investigate the events that led to the dispute.
Phase 2: Pleadings
Your attorney will draft pleadings on your behalf. If you’re the plaintiff, this phase is when you’ll bring suit and issue a summons. However, if you’re the defendant, your attorney will investigate the litigation and craft a response.
Phase 3: Discovery
Phase 3 involves exchanging relevant info with the other party. Your attorney will use this info to build your case.
Phase 4: Pre-Trial
The phase 4 pre-trial phase is when your attorney starts preparing for trial by retaining witnesses, going to pre-trial conferences, and creating a strategy for your trial.
Phase 5: Trial
During your trial, your construction litigation attorney will argue your case using evidence and witness testimony. They’ll also refute the other side’s argument.
Phase 6: Settlement
A settlement can be reached at any point during the litigation process. Reaching a settlement means that both parties agree to a stated outcome.
Phase 7: Appeal
Once a verdict is issued in cases that go to trial, you have the option to appeal the verdict if you aren’t satisfied with the outcome. Throughout the appeal phase, your attorney will identify evidence to substantiate the appeal and formulate a strategy for arguing for a new trial.
Whether you’re considering litigation or want to appeal a verdict, Warren S. Dank, Esq. can provide legal representation and assist you with reaching a preferable outcome. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.