You are filing a lawsuit, but you are wondering whether you will have to testify in court. Many people are uncomfortable with public speaking, and the weight of your case may make the thought even more intimidating. Well, you may be relieved that while you will receive a notice of the trial date, that date is usually so far into the future that there are many opportunities to reach a resolution before the trial would occur.
The time before the scheduled trial date allows for both sides to discuss the nature of the case from their perspectives, and they can seek to avoid a trial by reaching a settlement. The amount of an offer or a demand for settlement will be an influential factor in determining when and/or whether a resolution is achieved before trial. There can be some back-and-forth, and the timing of a settlement can range from right after the lawsuit is filed to the date of the trial on the courthouse steps.
Very few cases go to trial, in our experience. If your case does go to trial, then your attorney will be present to guide you. The majority of cases these days get resolved through a variety of alternative dispute resolutions such as mediation or arbitration, and we will cover these in another article. Watch the video to learn more.
If you have additional questions about filing a lawsuit or settling before the trial date, I want you to call me at (559) 702-5124. I welcome your call. Visit our educational website at www.NunesLaw.com for more videos and media content from our law firm.