Should you sue? -- Kinds of lawsuits -- Damages and how you get them -- Legal representation -- Do you really need a lawyer? -- How much does justice cost? -- The cast of characters in a lawsuit -- The legal environment -- Background basics -- Court rules and civil procedure -- Small claims court -- The trial process -- Pretrial -- Proving your case : evidence -- The trial itself -- Coming to a decision -- After the trial -- Appeals -- After the dust clears -- Legal malpractice -- Alternatives to filing suit -- Negotiation -- Mediation -- Arbitration.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-286) index.
Walks you through the civil legal process-- from the initial decision to file to the final judgment or settlement-- explaining every move in between in clear and simple terms.
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