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What is litigation?

A lawsuit. Litigation is the process by which a case is taken to court. There are at least two parties involved in a lawsuit, the plaintiff (the party who brings the lawsuit) and the defendant (the party against whom the lawsuit has been brought).

What is a litigator?

A litigator is a trial lawyer who represents a plaintiff or defendant in the litigation process.

What is civil litigation?

Civil litigation involves disputes between private parties. Civil litigation can include contract, real estate, and employment disputes. Civil litigation can also include personal injury claims, medical malpractice and business disputes. Civil litigation does not involve criminal actions. In a criminal action, a case is brought by a prosecutor (an attorney representing the government), against someone who has been accused of a crime (the defendant).

What is probate litigation?

Probate litigation involves a dispute over someone’s estate or trust. Probate litigation usually arises from disagreements between heirs over the provisions of a will or trust or the overall disposition of the assets of a will or trust. Types of probate litigation include:

Will contests (disputes concerning the content of a will or the circumstances surrounding the execution of a will);

Will construction (the court interprets the meaning of a will when there is disagreement over the decedent’s intent); and

Heir determination (if it is unclear who benefits from an estate, a court may make a determination of who the heirs are).

What is commercial litigation?

Commercial litigation involves disputes relating to business and commercial transactions. These disagreements usually arise in connection with transactions between separate businesses or between businesses and their customers relating to the purchase or sale of goods or services.