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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • Texas Court Structure
      - Justice Courts
      - County Courts
      - District Courts
      - Court of Appeals
      - Supreme Court
      - Court of Criminal Appeals
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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