Walks you through the civil legal process-- from the initial decision to file to the final judgment or settlement-- explaining every move in between in clear and simple terms.
Should you sue? How lawsuits start ; Kinds of lawsuits ; Damages and how you can get them -- Legal representation. Do you really need a lawyer? ; How much does justice cost? ; The cast of characters in a lawsuit -- The legal environment. Background basics ; Court rules and civil procedure ; Small claims court -- The trial process. Pretrial ; Proving your case: evidence ; The trial itself ; Coming to a decision ; After the trial ; Appeals ; After the dust clears ; Legal malpractice -- Alternatives to filing suit. Negotiation ; Mediation ; Arbitration.