Civil Litigation FAQ's
Q: How do I know if I have a right to sue?
A: If you believe that you have been wronged under a contract, with a neighbor, by a co-worker or employer, or have been injured in an accident or by medical malpractice, you may be entitled to sue. A civil litigation attorney can advise you as to any rights you may have during the first consultation. The Law Offices of Everett Cook, P.C. is an experienced litigation firm and if you need a civil litigation attorney in the lehigh Valley or Whitehall, we can help you.
Q: What does civil litigation cost?
A: Civil litigation attorney's in the lehigh valley usually charge by the hour and depending on the the type of case and the complexity of the matter, the overall costs can vary widely. In some cases, civil litigation lawyer may charge a percentage of any final judgment. In many cases, there is a flat hourly rate and standard costs which can be estimated during the intial consulation.
Q: Is there a time limit for me to sue?
A: Yes. There are statute of limitations in Pennsylvania which controls when you can bring a lawsuit. If you wait to long to file a suit, you may lose your right to sue forever. A civil litigation attorney can offer you advice on when a suit must be filed.
Q: Must there be a long trial if I sue?
A: Not necessarily. Many cases can be resolved through mediation or arbitration. A lehigh valley civil litigation attorney can help you decide if your case can be settled with an alternitive resolution that may get you your settlement more quickly.
Q: How does a civil suit help me?
A: A civil suit and a lehigh valley civil attorney fights for your rights in court. If your civil lawyer is successful in winning your lawsuit, a judgment will be entered in your favor. A civil judgment gives you the right to collect that money from the defendant. A civil attorney can also help you collect that judgment if the defendant is not willing to pay immediatly.
Q: How do I know where to file my suit?
A: The proper venue (location) of a civil suit has several components, but the most important is the location of whatever is at issue in the case. If there is money owed to you or you have a personal injury suit and everything happened in Northampton County or Lehigh County, then the suit is proper in Northampton or Lehigh County. As a civil litigation firm we have represented clients in Northampton County, Lehigh County, Monroe County, Bucks County, Berks County, Philadelphia County and Carbon County as well as in Federal Court in the Eastern and Middle district's of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania's Superior Court. As a civil litigation attorney in the Lehigh Valley we will advise you on where your suit should be filed.