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What is the difference between litigation and mediation?
While litigation and mediation are similar in concept, litigation is settled via legal proceedings; mediation is settled outside the court by a neutral third party called a mediator who steps in and helps the two parties come to an agreement. In litigation, typically there is only one winner. In mediation, all parties must agree to the settlement.
What does litigation mean?
Legal litigation is the process in which a legal proceeding (a lawsuit) is initiated between two or more opposing parties with the intention of enforcing or defending a legal right or claim. If you feel you were wronged and suffered injuries or losses, you might sue to recover damages. Or, your attorney might have to defend you in the case.
How much do trial attorneys charge?
Attorney fees vary widely depending on their skill and experience, the seriousness of the offense, the complexity of the legal issue, and, in some situations, the client’s income. Low-income clients might qualify for a court-appointed attorney to represent them at no cost. Trial lawyers generally bill on an hourly rate, or on a percentage of any damages awarded.
What is a civil litigator?
A civil litigator is a licensed attorney who argues in a legal dispute between two or more parties that are seeking monetary damages, rather than criminal sanctions. Civil is different from criminal in that criminal cases are usually prosecuted by the government, or a representative of the government.
What is a trial attorney?
A trial attorney is a licensed, legal representative that argues the merits of a legal complaint before a judge and (often but not always) a jury. Attorneys are licensed state-by-state. Civil attorneys argue in private disputes between people or groups, while criminal attorneys represent a defendant against government charges (state or federal).