Taking legal action against someone should not be an intimidating process. Your lawyer should be helpful in informing you of the terms used in litigation. The Byrd Law firm has expert attorneys in litigation that will go through the entire process to ease your worries or concerns. They have provided a briefing of the initial steps in taking legal action.
Find A Lawyer
As long as you are more than 18 years old, the first step you take will be finding the right legal attorney. The attorneys at The Byrd Law Firm are expert attorneys in legal litigation. The Byrd Law firm attorneys will go over your legal standings to verify if you have been directly victimized by the person or entity you want to sue. You lawyer will also determine if your case is worth the expense to stand up in court. The lawyers will verify if you have legal standing to sue and review your evidence.
When drafting a lawsuit against a person, make sure to use their legal name, aliases and their current address. This usually an easy process. You can review a paper trail of any information about the legal dispute. Another way is contact the county tax assessor’s office if the person owns property.
If the person has moved, you can send a letter to the last address. Under your return address, write “Return service requested. Do not forward.” If the person has notified the post office of his address change, you will get the letter back with a new address.
Any Legal Statues?
Statues of limitations limit how long you have to sue after suffering personal damages. In Texas, you have two years to sue after suffering personal damages and four years to sue over breach of oral and written contract. Your lawyer will know if the statute of limitation prohibits you from filing a claim in your specific case.
File A Complaint
A complaint is the first legal document that names the legal reasons the plaintiff is filing a claim against the defendant. Also, the complaint names the court in which has jurisdiction to oversee the case. The state has personal jurisdiction over its residents and businesses registered there. The county or judicial district in which you filed the complaint will be named as the venue. The venue is where your case will be heard in front of a judge. The complaint will also state if the plaintiff wants a trial by jury or judge. When you turn in your complaint to the court, it is important to keep copies of the original complaint forms.
The next step before moving forward in the litigation process is serving the person or entity in which you are taking legal action against. The defendant must be in receipt of a copy of the court documents from filing a complaint.
After you have served your defendant, the case takes off at full speed. The judge will set a scheduling order with a series of deadlines for the case including motions, pleadings, discovery and trial. You want to make sure you find a lawyer who is reputable and you trust. The lawyers at Byrd Law firm have been recognized in the legal field through membership commitments, community service work, awards and accomplishments.
Are you getting ready to file a lawsuit? Call The Byrd Law Firm at (409) 924-0660 for help while filing a lawsuit. We have the expertise whether you’re dealing with another person or a large corporation.