What Does it Mean to Litigate a Case?


attorney in courtroom
attorney in courtroom

Even if you’ve heard the term litigation before, you may still be wondering – what is litigation, and what does it mean? The ‘textbook’ definition of litigation is the act, process, or practice of settling a dispute in a court of law. It’s a broad definition, but that’s because litigation can cover a vast range of topics and issues that need to be handled in the courtroom. The alternative to litigation is generally mediation or an out-of-court settlement where an agreement can be reached between two parties before Court becomes necessary. But in some cases, an agreement is just not possible between parties, making litigation necessary to settle the dispute.

Business and Contract Disputes

Common business disputes that require litigation are breaches of contract, non-compete agreement breaches, cases of fraud, intellectual property theft, and worker’s compensation. That’s just the shortlist. Any situation where there is a dispute between entities, or an individual and an entity, may require litigation from a legal professional.

Having a lawyer who specializes in business and commercial law is crucial to achieving the best outcome in your situation. They will understand the complexities surrounding your case and can help you navigate the process with peace of mind.

Trust and Estate Disputes

Under the umbrella of trusts and estates, common cases where litigation may be necessary are contested guardianships and conservatorships, surcharges and falsification of documents, removal of Executors, undue influence, incapacity cases, spousal estate claims, and fiduciary misconduct.

Trust and estate disputes require litigation frequently, especially when it involves broken down or strained relationships between family members. While mediation can sometimes be a successful option, working with a legal team that can provide superior litigation can make a difficult situation substantially easier for you, your family, and any other interested parties.

While the legal process surrounding litigation of a case may be complicated, your understanding doesn’t have to be. If you are in a situation that you believe may require litigation, reach out to our team today to schedule a consultation. We have over 100 years combined experience in the courtroom, and we pride ourselves on being your trusted guides and fiercest advocates.


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