By most accounts, Americans enjoy one of the best, if not the best, legal systems in the world. Our legal system, however, is complex and navigating it can be difficult. This is why people turn to attorneys - to help explain the laws and in some cases, to enforce the laws. Most people find that they make use of a lawyer's services many times during their lifetime for a wide variety of legal issues and problems. If you have need of an attorney for litigation in Queens, New York, it will likely be costly. Understanding why Queens litigation costs so much may be beneficial when it comes time to pay your legal bill.
Lawyers typically choose to focus their practice on specific areas of the law. Some lawyers focus on family law or business transactions, for example, while other focus on criminal law or personal injury. In addition, some lawyers focus on litigation while others do not. Litigation refers to the process of taking an issue, or case, through the court system. Clearly, not all legal issues actually go to court. In fact, you will find that most of the time you need a lawyer it will not involve actually going to court. Drafting or reviewing a contract, filing a copyright application, or assisting you through bankruptcy, for example, does not require litigation. Lawsuits, however, do require litigation.
A civil lawsuit can be filed for a number of reasons. Some common reasons for a civil lawsuit include:
- Personal injury
- Breach of contract
If your involvement with the legal system includes litigation, it is likely that your legal fees will be substantial. There are several reasons why this is the case, including:
- Time - even a relatively simple lawsuit can takes months to reach completion. A complicated lawsuit can takes years. The longer your case takes to resolve, the more hours your attorney must devote to the case.
- Adversarial nature - a lawsuit is, by nature, an adversarial process. Unlike other legal issues where the parties involved are working toward a mutually agreeable resolution, in a lawsuit the parties are trying to win. This tends to increase the amount of time and energy required to conclude the lawsuit.
- Resources - your attorney may need to tap additional resources to properly represent you in a lawsuit. For example, experts are often required to support your position in a lawsuit. Those experts must be located, consulted, and ultimately paid for their time and effort on your behalf. This often increases the costs involved in litigation.
Although it may seem costly to litigate an issue, the alternative may be even more costly. Whether the stakes are financial or personal, losing a lawsuit is usually more costly to the litigants than paying for experienced and skilled legal representation. If you have additional questions or concerns, contact the Queens litigation attorneys at SIMON & GILMAN, LLP.