WHAT HAPPENS IN A LAWSUIT?

ANSWER: A lot, most of which you will not experience unless you want to. Typically, your direct involvement in the legal process happens during discovery when you answer written questions (called interrogatories) and respond to requests for production of documents and other things. Next, you may be called upon to give your deposition to the opposing counsel in the presence of your attorney, which involves a face-to-face question and answer session on the record. Finally, there is trial during which you will have to explain what happened and present your claim for damages. Most other pre-trial matters can be handled by your attorney. Your attorney will usually be in periodic contact with you to discuss various matters from factual information to ongoing settlement and trial strategy. All you have to do to be involved or find out what is going on is ask. For instance, you have the right to attend the other party’s deposition or watch court hearings to decide issues prior to trial. Your level of participation is entirely up to you. After all, one of the reasons you hire an attorney is so you do not have to worry about the details.