According to statistics from the New Jersey Court System, approximately seven million new cases are filed in New Jersey's state-level courts every year. Civil cases often involve legal disputes or conflicts between two or more parties. Such cases may include claims for personal injury, negligence, battery, medical malpractice, defamation, fraud, and breach of contract. If you are involved in a civil lawsuit, are thinking of filing a civil action, or need help responding to being sued, consulting with an experienced New Jersey civil litigation attorney is crucial for detailed guidance.
At Hudson Law Firm, we understand the financial ramifications and burden that litigation can have on both individuals and businesses. As your legal counsel, we can review your unique situation and help you understand your available legal options to pursue your case. We will represent your best interests and offer you the professional, comprehensive legal counsel and effective advocacy you need to navigate important decisions in your case. Hudson Law Firm proudly represents clients across Union City, New Jersey, and the surrounding areas of Jersey City, Bayonne, Hoboken, and North Bergen.
Civil litigation is the process through which civil matters or legal disputes between two or more parties are resolved through negotiation or the judicial system. A civil action may be between an individual or business suing another individual or business. Civil litigation can be used to settle personal injury claims, marriage or divorce issues, landlord-tenant disputes, and contract disputes between businesses.
At Hudson Law Firm, we have the experience and resources to assist, guide, and represent you in your civil litigation matters. We are poised and ready to go the extra mile to protect your legal rights, represent your best interests, and help pursue your objectives. Hudson Law Firm is proud to offer outstanding legal services and reliable representation to clients throughout New Jersey in civil litigation matters, including:
Real estate disputes can occur between individuals purchasing or selling a real estate property or businesses entering a commercial real estate lease when either party defaults on their expected obligations in the agreement. We can help settle real estate disputes, including landlord-tenant disputes, easement disputes, commercial real estate disputes, and foreclosures.
A breach of contract occurs when one party is delinquent on any of its contractual obligations with respect to the terms and conditions of the contract or agreement. A dispute in a real estate contract or business contract may result in a civil lawsuit. We can help you file or defend you in a breach of contract lawsuit.
Collections disputes may occur when there is a disagreement regarding debt payment or the actual amount of debt owed. If you're being harassed by debt collectors, we can help you take the necessary legal steps to stop their harassment and ultimately achieve financial relief. Even if you're a business that needs help recovering debts, we can outline effective strategies to help you get back your money.
This is not a comprehensive list as Hudson Law Firm represents clients in several other civil litigation matters. If you're involved in a legal dispute with another person or business entity, contact Hudson Law Firm to evaluate your unique situation, enlighten you about the civil litigation process, and explore your possible legal options.
Here are the steps involved in the New Jersey civil litigation process:
Filing the Lawsuit: A civil action starts when one party files a complaint in court and pays a filing fee required by state statute. The summons will be issued by the court and served to the defendant.
Answer: The defendant will have up to 35 days to file an answer or ask the court to dismiss the case through a written motion. The defendant may be required to assert or respond to any counterclaims against the plaintiff or cross-claims against other defendants.
Discovery: Each party can request for discovery of the information and evidence available to the other party. The discovery process may include oral depositions, written interrogations, subpoenas, requests for written admissions, and document inspection. Oftentimes, the discovery phase is where the case is won or lost.
Pre-Trial: At the pre-trial conference, the judge will make rulings on motions and decide the type of evidence that can be admitted. The case may either be resolved during the pre-trial conference or a date may be set for trial.
Trial: The trial begins with the opening statements, followed by the presentation of evidence and witness testimonies in court, then by closing statements to the judge. If it is a jury trial, the jury will deliberate and reach a verdict. The judge's decision or jury's verdict will be read in open court.
Judgment Enforcement: If the judgment is for a sum of money, the prevailing party may take necessary legal steps to enforce the judgment and recover the award.
Appeal: However, when a civil litigation case ends with an unfavorable or unsatisfactory result, the aggrieved party may file an appeal to get the judgment reviewed, modified, or ultimately overturned. You have up to 45 days from the date the judgment was issued to file an appeal.
Civil litigation matters in New Jersey often involve many complex procedures and are fiercely contested. Whether you are being sued or are thinking of filing a lawsuit against another party, we can craft an effective legal strategy for your unique situation and guide you through every step of the legal process.
If you're thinking of filing a civil lawsuit or need proper guidance on how to respond to being sued, contact Hudson Law Firm today to schedule a simple case assessment. We can evaluate all the surrounding facts of your case and offer you the experienced legal counsel and reliable advocacy you need to navigate important decisions. We're proud to serve clients throughout Union City, New Jersey, and the surrounding areas of Jersey City, Bayonne, Hoboken, and North Bergen.