• 1. What is a Lawsuit?
    A process through which disputes are heard and settled.
     
    Two parties, a plaintiff and a defendant, enter into a formal contest to persuade an impartial third party to accept their version of the dispute.
  • 2. Complexities in Hearing and Deciding Cases
     
    - Each side of a story has its own individual complexities.
     
    - A judge’s job is to make fair decisions that are accepted by both parties.
  • 3. Common Laws
    - Common Laws were established so that citizens, as well as the courts, had a guide to follow when hearing and deciding rulings on cases.
    Why do people Sue?
    - The most common reason people sue one another is over the repayment of a debt.
    - Lawsuits also occur in order to determine responsibility between two parties.
  • 4. Who is involved in Lawsuits?
    - Plaintiff – The individual who brings the lawsuit to court.
    - Defendant – The individual whom which the complaint is being made against.
  • 5. Types of Lawsuits include:
    A. Civil Law
    - Lawsuits held between two parties that typically involve issues concerning contractual agreements, such as money, property rights, divorce, or slander.
    - Contractual Law – Lawsuits involving debt collection between two parties. Contractual law can also involve disputes over a service as well.
     
    - Lawsuits Over Tort – This body of law tries to make sense of wrongdoings, which harm the interest of another.
  • 6. Types of Lawsuits cont:
    B. Criminal Law – Lawsuits held in enforcement of the law.
    - These cases vary based on the law, as well as the state in which the case is in question.
    - Criminal Law cases must meet jurisdictional requirements. Jurisdiction is determined by:
    - The Constitution
    - General statuses establishing jurisdiction for a level of court
    - Specific statuses authorizing the establishment of the court in question
    - Statuses creating other courts in the same country that may affect the jurisdiction of the court in question
    - Statuses dealing with specific subject matters
  • 7. Texas Court Structure
     
    - Justice Courts
    - County Courts
    - District Courts
    - Court of Appeals
    - Supreme Court
    - Court of Criminal Appeals
  • 8. What is the process of a lawsuit?
    - The Civil Process – Cases concerning Property Disputes, Breach of Contract,Family Matters (such as divorce), Negligence and Personal Injury
     
    - Pre Trial
    - The Trial Process
     
    - Jury Selection
    - Opening Statements
    - Presentation of Evidence
    - Defense Response
    - Closing Arguments
    - Jury Deliberation
    - Juror Consensus
    - Judge’s Decision
  • 9. Options to Dispute Court’s Ruling:
    - Appeal the Outcome – After the ruling in a civil trial, both parties have the right to appeal the court’s decision.
     
    - The appeal is usually based on an error made during the trial.
     
  • 10. What are your options when being sued for debt?
     
    - Make a list of all your debts
     
    - Try to settle outside of court
     
    If you are being sued for a debt and do not show up in court, default judgment will most likely occur.
     
    - Default Judgment will usually go against the party being sued.
  • 11. What can you lose in a lawsuit?
    - Garnishment of wages
    - Money attained from selling personal property and assets
    - Depending on the type of lawsuit, individuals could serve jail time
    What can be sued?
     
    - Individuals
    - Partnerships
    - Businesses
    - Religious Organizations
  • 12. Do I need an Attorney?
    - Attorneys have an understanding of the laws, as well as how the law affects you.
    - Attorneys have experience representing clients in court and can help you resolve your legal issues
    For more information about Lawsuits or to consult with a professional attorney: 
    Contact Allmand & Lee
    214-884-4176
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    • 1. What is a Lawsuit?
      A process through which disputes are heard and settled.
       
      Two parties, a plaintiff and a defendant, enter into a formal contest to persuade an impartial third party to accept their version of the dispute.
  • 2. Complexities in Hearing and Deciding Cases
     
    - Each side of a story has its own individual complexities.
     
    - A judge’s job is to make fair decisions that are accepted by both parties.
  • 3. Common Laws
    - Common Laws were established so that citizens, as well as the courts, had a guide to follow when hearing and deciding rulings on cases.
    Why do people Sue?
    - The most common reason people sue one another is over the repayment of a debt.
    - Lawsuits also occur in order to determine responsibility between two parties.
  • 4. Who is involved in Lawsuits?
    - Plaintiff – The individual who brings the lawsuit to court.
    - Defendant – The individual whom which the complaint is being made against.
  • 5. Types of Lawsuits include:
    A. Civil Law
    - Lawsuits held between two parties that typically involve issues concerning contractual agreements, such as money, property rights, divorce, or slander.
    - Contractual Law – Lawsuits involving debt collection between two parties. Contractual law can also involve disputes over a service as well.
     
    - Lawsuits Over Tort – This body of law tries to make sense of wrongdoings, which harm the interest of another.
  • 6. Types of Lawsuits cont:
    B. Criminal Law – Lawsuits held in enforcement of the law.
    - These cases vary based on the law, as well as the state in which the case is in question.
    - Criminal Law cases must meet jurisdictional requirements. Jurisdiction is determined by:
    - The Constitution
    - General statuses establishing jurisdiction for a level of court
    - Specific statuses authorizing the establishment of the court in question
    - Statuses creating other courts in the same country that may affect the jurisdiction of the court in question
    - Statuses dealing with specific subject matters
  • 7. Texas Court Structure
     
    - Justice Courts
    - County Courts
    - District Courts
    - Court of Appeals
    - Supreme Court
    - Court of Criminal Appeals
  • 8. What is the process of a lawsuit?
    - The Civil Process – Cases concerning Property Disputes, Breach of Contract,Family Matters (such as divorce), Negligence and Personal Injury
     
    - Pre Trial
    - The Trial Process
     
    - Jury Selection
    - Opening Statements
    - Presentation of Evidence
    - Defense Response
    - Closing Arguments
    - Jury Deliberation
    - Juror Consensus
    - Judge’s Decision
  • 9. Options to Dispute Court’s Ruling:
    - Appeal the Outcome – After the ruling in a civil trial, both parties have the right to appeal the court’s decision.
     
    - The appeal is usually based on an error made during the trial.
     
  • 10. What are your options when being sued for debt?
     
    - Make a list of all your debts
     
    - Try to settle outside of court
     
    If you are being sued for a debt and do not show up in court, default judgment will most likely occur.
     
    - Default Judgment will usually go against the party being sued.
  • 11. What can you lose in a lawsuit?
    - Garnishment of wages
    - Money attained from selling personal property and assets
    - Depending on the type of lawsuit, individuals could serve jail time
    What can be sued?
     
    - Individuals
    - Partnerships
    - Businesses
    - Religious Organizations
  • 12. Do I need an Attorney?
    - Attorneys have an understanding of the laws, as well as how the law affects you.
    - Attorneys have experience representing clients in court and can help you resolve your legal issues
    For more information about Lawsuits or to consult with a professional attorney: 
    Contact Allmand & Lee
    214-884-4176
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