Considering all the factors that can cause your case to veer unexpectedly, you should be aware of alternative methods for resolving legal disputes:
Settling Out of Court – Oftentimes, civil suits are settled before they get to trial. Here, the parties negotiate in hopes of avoiding going before a judge. Parties can not only save money but can also have a more decisive role in the final outcome. This can happen through:
- “Kitchen-table” discussions – the parties sit down alone together and negotiate agreement. This tends to work very well when it works, but go very poorly when it does not work.
- Settlement letters – The lawyers send letters back and forth regarding settlement, until one is negotiated or it is apparent one cannot be reached.
- Settlement conference – the parties and lawyers get together and work to negotiate a settlement.