What you need to know about filing a civil lawsuit

On Behalf of | Jul 11, 2024 | Civil Litigation

Filing a civil lawsuit in Georgia can be a significant step. Understanding when to take this action helps you navigate the process effectively.

Understanding the reasons for a civil lawsuit

Consider filing a civil lawsuit if you cannot resolve a dispute through negotiation. Common reasons for civil litigation include breaches of contract, property disputes, personal injury, and issues with debt collection. Assess the severity and impact of the issue before deciding to file.

Considering the statute of limitations

In Georgia, there are time limits for filing civil lawsuits, known as the statute of limitations. These limits vary depending on the type of case. For instance, personal injury cases generally have a two-year limit, while breach of contract cases may allow up to six years.

Evaluating the potential for settlement

Before filing a lawsuit, consider the possibility of settling the dispute out of court. Mediation or arbitration can often resolve issues more quickly and with less expense than a court case. However, if these methods fail, a lawsuit might be necessary.

Gathering evidence and documentation

To support your case, gather all relevant evidence and documentation. This includes contracts, receipts, photographs, and witness statements. Having a strong case with ample evidence increases your chances of a favorable outcome.

Weighing the costs and benefits

Filing a lawsuit involves costs such as filing fees and legal expenses. Weigh these costs against the potential benefits and outcomes of the lawsuit. Ensure that pursuing the case is worth the investment of time and money.

Taking the next step with confidence

Filing a civil lawsuit in Georgia requires careful consideration. By knowing how to proceed with a lawsuit, you can make an informed decision and take the next step with confidence.