Lawyers For Civil Disputes
The legal system can be complex and confusing, and few people relish the prospect of going to court to settle issues or disputes. However, civil litigation sometimes becomes necessary, especially when a person or organization owes money to someone else. If you need to collect money, enforce or break a contract, have suffered damages, or if you need to defend against these types of claims, you will want to work with an experienced attorney who can help determine the best ways to proceed. At SBK Law Group, our lawyers have more than 25 combined years of legal experience, and we are prepared to represent your interests in civil court. We can ensure that you understand your rights and the steps you will need to follow. Whether you are a plaintiff or defendant, we can assist in preparing and filing documents, represent you in court, and work to reach a positive resolution to your case.
Civil Lawsuits In Illinois
There are a wide variety of issues that may need to be addressed through civil litigation. For instance, if you did not receive payment after you rented a piece of equipment to a colleague, you may need to take legal action to recover the amount owed. If your neighbor claims that you damaged their property, they may file a lawsuit asking for you to provide them with compensation for the repairs. Businesses may also need to address matters such as breach of contract through litigation, or an employee may take legal action to collect pay from an employer who did not properly compensate them for the hours they worked. These are just a few examples, and civil litigation may be used in nearly any situation in which one party wishes to collect money from someone else. A civil lawsuit may involve some or all of the following steps:
- Demand letter – The plaintiff usually begins the process of civil litigation by sending a demand letter to the defendant specifying the amount owed and the reasons why payment should be made. This letter will give a date after which a lawsuit will be filed if payment is not received.
- Complaint – The plaintiff will file the lawsuit in the circuit court of the county where the defendant lives or where the transaction between the parties occurred. If the amount owed is $10,000 or less, the case will be filed in small claims court.
- Summons and response – The defendant will be served with a notice of the lawsuit and a copy of the complaint. After receiving the summons, the defendant will have 30 days to file an appearance with the court, and they may also be required to file an answer that either admits or denies each of the plaintiff’s allegations. Failure to file an appearance may result in a default judgment in favor of the plaintiff.
- Discovery – Before the beginning of the trial, both the plaintiff and the defendant can gather information from the other party. They may use methods such as interrogatories, depositions, requests to produce documents, or requests to admit certain facts.
- Trial – Each party will present their case before a judge, or, in some cases, a jury. The parties may submit evidence such as contracts or financial documents. They may also call witnesses who may be examined by both parties. After all arguments have been heard, the judge or jury will make a decision. If the judge or jury rules in favor of the plaintiff, the decision will specify the amount owed to the plaintiff by the defendant.
- Enforcement – After winning a case, a plaintiff may use different methods to collect compensation owed, such as seizing funds in the defendant’s bank account, garnishing the defendant’s wages, or placing a lien on the defendant’s property.
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Contact Our Downers Grove Civil Litigation Lawyers
Whether you want to recover money owed to you or need to defend against a civil lawsuit, the attorneys of SBK Law Group can provide the legal help you need. To learn more about how we can help with your case, contact our office online or at 630-427-4407. We represent clients throughout DuPage County, Will County, Kane County, Kendall County, and Cook County.