5.After we are hired, we will begin preparing any necessary paperwork that needs to be filed. You will be updated throughout the process to any new developments.
You may have one or more hearings scheduled on various issues. If so, we will coordinate with you about those hearings and how to prepare for them. You may need to come in to the office to talk with us further, or provide us with documents that we will use as exhibits. Often, these things will need to be done quickly. Good communication is key, and during your case you should make sure you check your mailbox every day, and stay up to date with your email and telephone messages.
Discovery may be required in your case, either because you need more information before going forward, or because the other side does. Generally, the process of “discovery” is where one side requests documents and/or asks questions of the other side. The other side must produce the documents requested and answer the questions. There are rules that apply to this process, and you should be prepared to work closely with us during this time.
If you are in a family law case, there could be a social study, psychological evaluations, or appraisals of property that need to be completed. Each of these processes has its own set of requirements and possible time frames for completion. We will discuss those items in detail as they occur in your particular case.
After both sides have all the information they need, it will be time to seek resolution of your case. This are many ways to resolve a case, including settlement discussions, mediation, arbitration, or final trial to a judge or jury. Depending on your case, we could try to resolve the case through any or all of these methods. Generally, you will work with us and you will make decisions about be the best way to proceed. However, please know that because the court’s dockets are crowded, almost any case set for trial will be required to attend mediation before trial.