A lawsuit is:<br />- A process through which disputes are heard and settled.<br />- Two parties, a plaintiff and a defenda...
Examples of complexities in hearing and deciding cases include:<br /> <br />- Each side of a story has its own individual ...
What are common laws?<br />- Common Laws were established so that citizens, as well as the courts, had a guide to follow w...
The parties involved in lawsuits include:<br />- Plaintiff – The individual who brings the lawsuit to court.<br />- Defend...
Types of Lawsuits include:<br />- Civil Law<br />		- Lawsuits held between two parties that typically 	involve issues conc...
Types of Lawsuits cont:<br />- Criminal Law – Lawsuits held in enforcement of the law.<br /> - These cases vary based on t...
Court Structure in Texas includes:<br />- Justice Courts<br />- County Courts<br />- District Courts<br />- Court of Appea...
What is the process of a lawsuit?<br />- The Civil Process – Cases concerning Property Disputes, Breach of Contract,  Fami...
Can I dispute the court’s ruling?<br />- Appeal the Outcome – After the ruling in a civil trial, both parties have the rig...
If I am being sued for debt, what are my options?<br />- Make a list of all your debts<br />- Try to settle outside of cou...
Examples of what you can lose from a lawsuit include:<br />	- Garnishment of wages<br />	- Money attained from selling per...
Why do I need to consider an attorney?<br /> <br />- Attorneys have an understanding of the laws, as well as how the law a...
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Lawsuit 2

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

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