Civil litigation occurs when two or more parties have a legal dispute regarding monetary compensation or other consequences outside of criminal sanctions. Civil litigation lawyers handle a variety of cases. These cases include matters such as:
Tort claims cover wrongful acts that result in physical injury or damage to a person’s property or reputation. In these cases, the affected person is entitled to compensation for such acts. Tort claims include personal injury, battery, defamation, fraud, and medical malpractice cases.
Breach of contract
A breach of contract means someone has failed to abide by the terms of his or her contract—whether the said contract is a written or oral one—without a reasonable cause. This type of claim includes things like failure to complete a job, not paying on time or in full for services or goods, and failure to deliver goods or services that have already been paid for.
An equitable claim is one that asks the court to intervene to compel a person or entity to take some action or stop them from performing certain acts. This claim may also be joined with another claim for monetary compensation. A restraining order is an example of an equitable claim.
Many of the cases that end up in civil court are divorce related matters. These cases may include child support, child custody, spousal support and like matters.
Five reasons to hire a civil litigation lawyer
If you have one of the above mentioned matters or another matter in civil court, you may be wondering whether you really need the help of a civil litigation lawyer. Here are some of the reasons you should definitely hire one:
1. Hiring a civil litigation lawyer could save you money.
If you are worried that hiring a lawyer is expensive, you may be surprised to learn that a civil litigation lawyer could actually help you save money. How so? A civil litigation lawyer can help you to avoid hefty fines, penalties and court fees (compensation) depending on the type of case you are involved in.
2. A civil litigation lawyer will prevent self-incrimination.
You may think that in a court of law the best approach is to be completely open and honest. However, there is the possibility that you may share too much or be ‘too honest’. In doing so, you could end up incriminating yourself without even realizing. Luckily, an experienced civil litigation lawyer will properly prepare you to speak in court without saying anything that could harm your case.
3. There are fewer risks with a civil litigation lawyer.
There is always a chance that something will go wrong in your case but when you hire a civil litigation lawyer, the risk is significantly lowered. And if something does happen to go wrong, your civil litigation lawyer will be well-equipped to handle whatever challenges arise.
4. With a civil litigation lawyer you have experience on your side.
The law regarding civil matters is complicated and subject to change at any time. In many civil matters, you only get one shot at proving your case in court. A reputable lawyer with proven, successful civil litigation experience will possess up-to-date knowledge of the law as well as the requisite skills to protect your interests in court.
5. The other party has a civil litigation lawyer.
If not for any other reason, you should definitely consider hiring a civil litigation lawyer if the party you are up against has a lawyer. You will not have the legal knowledge, skill, or experience to go up against their lawyer. The only one in civil court who will be on your side is your civil litigation lawyer. So, never hesitate to hire one.
Do you need a civil litigation lawyer in Calgary?
If you are in a dispute and wondering if you should sue to protect your interests or if someone is threatening to sue you, give us a call at Badyal Toor Law. At Badyal Toor Law, we will provide knowledgeable advice about all your options ranging from alternative dispute resolution to courtroom litigation. Our lawyers’ experience and expertise ensure you will have a strong advocate in all legal discussions and processes. So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today.