Educational Resources

 

 

 

This page will be updated from time to time, giving our clients information of general interest, and links to other sources of information to help them avoid situations that might lead to litigation.

But the first thing that we wanted to share with our clients is some information about how a civil lawsuit “works”–what it means to be a litigant (generally, although not always in our practice, a Plaintiff).


What Your Life in Litigation Will Be Like

Many people get their first understanding of litigation from watching a lawsuit unfold on television. And amazingly enough, sometimes TV gets a fair amount of it right. But one thing that they always get very wrong is this: in order to fit a story into 60 minutes–42 minutes without commercials–time always gets telescoped. The client walks into the lawyer’s office, tells a relatively simple story, and then...three days later, they’re in trial.

That’s not how it works in real life.

In real life, it may take months to properly work a complex case up to the point where a good Complaint can be filed. Then–more on this later–the “pleadings” may go through several revisions, and cross-complaints may be filed, before the battle lines are drawn. Meanwhile, the parties will be trading “discovery” back and forth–depositions of live witnesses, but also written Form Interrogatories, Special Interrogatories, Requests for Admission, and Requests to Produce Documents. In addition, documents may need to be subpoenaed from third parties. (Medical records are a classic example of this.)

Most cases don’t go to trial for at least a year after they’re filed. Along the way, there will be opportunities to talk settlement–but only if the case is carefully worked up to achieve that result.

It’s important, when choosing a lawyer, to make sure that you engage one that is committed to the long haul–one that will work closely with you every step of the way, especially in crafting and responding to discovery. But also in presenting your case at a settlement conference, to achieve a good result for you without having to go to trial.

At The Law Offices of Terence Geoghegan, we’re committed to spending the time to do the discovery, and to work up the case for settlement negotiations, to get you the best possible result while letting you live your life without being consumed by the litigation.

Give us a call and let’s discuss how we can get you the results you’re looking for.

Educational Resources

Hazards of Social Media (posted 2012-09-18)

Our firm has represented numerous clients in identity-theft cases. What we have learned is that a lack of discretion in posting on Facebook or Twitter can lead to very unfortunate results. In the worst case, criminals can “mine” this data to get access to your bank accounts and your credit rating–even your very identity. But even short of this, opposing parties in litigation can find damaging information to use against you.

The good news is that this is avoidable. For an introduction, visit this page, a project of the 2010-2011 Team 8 of the Jerome H. Berenson Inn of the American Inns of Court. This is a rapidly-developing area of the law–so be sure to visit the update page for recent events.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this Site is of a general nature only, is not intended as legal advice, and does not create a binding legal agreement between you and The Law Offices of Terence Geoghegan. Your legal matter may have facts that are different than any described here, or be subject to different laws, and any statements made here may be completely inapplicable to your situation. Unless we have a written representation agreement with you, signed by us and by you, we are not your attorneys, and we are not providing you with any legal advice here.

 

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