Bridge the gap between yourself and the legal system with The Lawsuit Survival Guide. Find concise explanations of legal proceedings and clear answers to your questions, such as:
"How do I find the right lawyer?"
"How do attorney fees work?"
"What is my lawyer doing, and why?"
"What does all this legalese mean?"
"What's taking so long?"
"Can I cut costs by helping my lawyer?"
"Can I get out of this lawsuit?"
The Lawsuit Survival Guide takes you through the entire litigation process from start to finish, explaining every step along the way in language that makes sense. Save both you and your lawyer time, money and aggravation -- and get the information you need to make smart decisions.
This one-of-a-kind eBook is perfect for clients, lawyers, business people, law students, paralegals, writers and anyone else with an interest in civil court cases.
Joseph Matthews has been an attorney since 1971, and from 1975 to 1977 he taught at the law school of the University of California, Berkeley. He has for many years been involved in matters relating to seniors, and is the author of Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions and Long Term Care: How to Plan & Play for It, as well as How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim.
Section I: The Trouble With Lawsuits
Section II: How to Use This Book
1. Lawyers, Fees and Retainer Agreements
Section I: Choosing a Lawyer
Section II: Changing Lawyers
Section III: Attorney Fees and Litigation Costs
Section IV: The Representation Agreement
Section V: Sample Representation Agreements
2. Working With Your Lawyer
3. Getting a Lawsuit Started: The Pleadings
Section I: The Complaint
Section II: Defending Against a Complaint: Responsive Pleadings
Section III: The Defendant Strikes Back: Countersuits
Section IV: Litigating on Behalf of a Minor: Guardian ad Litem
Section I: An Overview of Discovery
Section II: Interrogatories
Section III: Requests for Production of Documents and Physical Evidence
Section IV: Requests for Admissions
Section V: Depositions
Section VI: Discovery Limits
5. Motions and Other Court Proceedings Before Trial
Section I: Motion Procedures
Section II: Restraining Orders and Injunctions
Section III: Motions to Secure Assets: Lis Pendens, Attachments and Receiverships
Section IV: Motions to Expand, Narrow or Move a Lawsuit
Section V: Plaintiff's Motions for Default
Section VI: Defendant's Motions to Dismiss
Section VII: Discovery Motions
Section VIII: Motions for Summary Judgment and Summary Adjudication
Section I: Arbitration Basics
Section II: Arbitration or Trial?
Section III: Preparing for Arbitration
Section IV: The Arbitration Hearing and Decision
8. Settling a Lawsuit
Section I: Setting Settlement Goals and Starting Negotiations
Section II: Getting Help From the Judge: Settlement Conferences