If you are served with a civil lawsuit, you have a certain amount of time to respond, or you could be found in default and a judgment maybe entered against you. A default judgment can be enforced just like any type of judgment. This means that your wages and assets may be garnished and your credit will be affected. If you take action quickly within the time allowed by law for a response, your attorney may be able to defend the lawsuit. Many causes of action have strong defenses, for example in a breach of contract suit some defenses might include the statute of frauds, the statute of limitations, or accord and satisfaction.
There is no substitute for an experienced trial attorney if you or your business is involved in a civil litigation. An attorney that understands the “ins & outs” of the courtroom proceedings has a distinct advantage in settlement negotiations. Many times cases can be resolved amicably through alternative dispute resolutions such as mediation or arbitration. But keep in mind the old saying “don’t bring a gun to a knife fight” particularly applies here when there is a lawsuit pending. The bottom line is that not all cases are settled, and if you end up in a trial before a judge or jury wouldn’t you want an attorney that has actual trial experience?
Tampa Law Advocates' attorneys are experienced in the courtroom. Samantha L. Dammer has been trying cases since 1998, most notably in the civil litigation and child custody/family law practice areas.
There is a difference between an attorney that drafts contracts and settlement agreements, and an attorney that knows how to defend these documents. Call (813) 288-0303 to schedule an initial no-cost 30 minute consultation to discuss your rights.