Despite the common depictions on serial television shows, many legal battles don't end up in court.
In general, neither we nor our clients want to see excessive amounts of time and treasure consumed by prolonged litigation. But the fact that a trial isn't the goal doesn't change how we work. Whether we aim to proceed to trial or not, we work as if it's inevitable.
Why put in the effort and time up front? Put simply, at the end of the day we need to understand all of the vital facts and applicable laws at play in order to effectively represent any client in any case. Preparation is a central strength that's key to our negotiating power and our ability to resolve the matter both amicably and favorably for our client.
Because we have no way of knowing which defendants will make a fair and reasonable settlement and which won't, we just proceed as though we are headed to trial in every case. Our extensive preparation also helps us to convey our conviction to the opponent and demonstrate our readiness to fight to the end. More often than not, the adverse party doesn't want to take things that far and talks will turn to settlement. But if for whatever reason they want or need to take the matter to trial-and our client gives the ok-our standard practice and methods mean that we are fully prepared to do so. This is true with every single litigation matter we take on.
We look at it this way: the opposing party can either pay our client (typically less) today, or wait and pay our client (typically much more) tomorrow. Either way, we're always in it to win it for our clients, and ready to fight to the end if need be.
If you'd like to be confident that your legal team has your best interests in mind at all times, then maybe it's time to learn more about Calkins Law Firm. Get to know us, check out what our clients think, and see how we can help--reach out today!