In this post, we consider other ways to get relief besides filing a lawsuit. You can see now that filing a lawsuit is a huge commitment of time and money for you and the lawyer. You can explore other ways to accomplish your goals. A lawyer can help you discover and implement alternatives to litigation. Here are some common options:
In addition to considering whether you have a claim, and whether it is worth it to bring the case financially against this particular defendant, you should also think about other risks involved in filing a lawsuit. Any time you litigate, you are taking it up a notch. You are exposing yourself to scrutiny through discovery; your intimate personal life may become public; your family may be questioned about the incident; and you will have to commit emotional energy and relive (over and over again) the details of the incident that led to you filing in the first place.
Who do you want to sue? This person or group will be the defendant. Who this is matters in deciding whether to sue. In this post, we’ll explore why this matters. Some people are immune from suit, and a lawsuit is not a viable option. Sometimes the person you want to sue has no money, or is about to file for bankruptcy, and you have no chance of collecting any judgment you may get. Or the defendant may have a reputation for fighting lawsuits tooth and nail, or their lawyers may have a bad reputation. Factors like this can make a big difference.
Religious schools have always had the right to decide whether students should have to keep a moral code as a condition of enrollment. A recent case out of Texas, In re St. Thomas High School, solidifies this right.
In this three-part series, we’re exploring the various options for staffing an appeal. In part one, we touched on the pros and cons of continuing to have trial counsel handle the appeal. In part two, we addressed the upsides and downsides to having dedicated appellate counsel. In this part three, we discuss a happy medium that plays off the best of both worlds in the right situation.
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