Disputes can and do arise when you expect less. If it is you or your San Diego business being sued, or you need to start a lawsuit, winning the cause starts with thorough preparation. There are certain procedures and resources you can use in order to gain control and confidence, and reduce the stress of the situation.

Is your CA lawsuit timely?

If you are the one filing for a lawsuit, keep in mind that certain types of lawsuits need to be started within a specific prescribed period of time, known as the statute of limitations. In other words, if you are filing too late, your lawsuit will be dismissed. Before putting any effort into the process, talk with an attorney to advise on the statute of limitations.

Gather the evidence

Once you get your first lawsuit, you start valuing even more solid personal or business record keeping practices.

  • Start with a list of all possible evidence you need, such as correspondence, documents, contracts, writings, records, photographs, etc.
  • Check what evidence is in your archive, and what evidence you miss and for which you need to investigate how to access it.

Find your witnesses

Except you, who else lived the first hand any of the issues relevant to the lawsuit?

  • Help your lawyer to identify the best witnesses, by making a list with people that could give testimony.
  • Write down their names, contact information, but also their anticipated story about the situation, and how willing they would be to testify on your behalf.

Be financially prepared

  • Estimate your costs. Search for information about filing fees and costs, litigation-related expenses, but also other earnings you might lose during the lawsuit.
  • Start making financial plans and identify the resources you will need to make these plans possible.

When making these plans, if you file the lawsuit, keep in mind that the defendant could sue you back.

Pay extra attention to your communication

Everything you say or write before and during a lawsuit can be used against you.

  • Before any relevant communication moments, consult with your attorney
  • You could adopt a “no comment” communication strategy, or explain that you or other people from your business if it is the case, are not at liberty to discuss the details of the lawsuit

Call or contact us through our online form to help with the preparation and make it less overwhelming for you!

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6/27/18, FindLaw.com

Rated 5 out of 5

We received a letter from an attorney representing an ex employee from years ago. This letter couldn’t have come at a worse time for our family. Although the ex-employee had no substance in their case and this was mostly a nuisance, we felt very vulnerable and unprepared. I reached out to a few lawyers for a quote and their retainer fees alone were deal breakers. When I reached Thomas Gallagher, he approached my case from a completely different angle and walked me through the many small steps we would take to get through this issue. Within the first conversation I felt like I had a plan of attack, an attorney I could trust, and that our family was protected. Our case ended up never going to court. In fact, Thomas was able to resolve the entire issue within a week. I am extremely happy with the results from this potential lawsuit, but even happier knowing my family and business is now protected by a lawyer than can get the job done.


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