The litigation attorneys at Hoffman, Larin & Agnetti, P.A. have substantial experience in a wide range of civil litigation matters. Our team of skilled lawyers has more than 80 years of combined litigation experience. Contact us if you need help resolving any type of legal dispute. Let us put our experience to work for you.
Although we are litigation attorneys, we know that litigation may not be the best way to address your legal situation. Our litigation team can analyze your legal problem and advise you on how we can best assist you. If an issue is clearly one that can be resolved through litigation, we represent clients vigorously at trial, in settlement negotiations, and at alternative dispute mediation sessions.
The key to our success has been the individual attention and determination we bring to every case. We work closely with our clients to understand their goals and create a strategy that gives them their best chance at a positive result. Our attorneys collaborate on each new case to find innovative solutions. The attorneys at Hoffman, Larin & Agnetti, P.A. fight for our clients in and out of the courtroom.
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Civil Litigation Overview
While many disputes are settled prior to a lawsuit being filed, if litigation (the process whereby the Courts resolve the dispute) is necessary, most often it begins by the filing of a summons and complaint by a Plaintiff. The complaint describes the nature and claims of the lawsuit and the remedy that is being asked for. The party being sued must file a response to the complaint within 20 days, most often by filing an ‘Answer’. If the party who is being sued (the Defendant) fails to file a timely response, a default is usually entered and a judgment will follow based on affidavits and documents supporting the claim.
After the complaint and answer (the ‘Pleadings’) have been filed, a process called ‘discovery’ begins. Information is exchanged by the parties through questions that must be responded to in writing under oath (interrogatories), requests for production of documents, and depositions, oral statements under oath.
When discovery is complete, the case will be heard either by the Court or a Jury.
The lifespan of a lawsuit can range from several months to several years. Complex civil litigation often takes years to pass from pre-suit investigation through trial/settlement.
Hoffman, Larin and Agnetti, PA has litigated thousands of cases since 1975 and is available to plaintiffs and defendants for a free consultation and evaluation. We have offices in Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties.