Civil litigation cases can be complex and typically involve money owed by one party, personal injuries, or damages caused by a breach of contract. There are many different situations where one part of your company pursues a civil lawsuit against another individual or organization. If you need help defending your company in civil litigation or bringing a civil litigation lawsuit against another party, you will benefit from working with a skilled civil litigation attorney.
Florence and Mrytle Beach Civil Litigation Attorney
At Willcox, Buyck & Williams, PA, we understand the complicated issues involved in civil litigation and provide litigation support to small businesses and individuals. With decades of experience, our trial-ready South Carolina civil litigators will help you determine the best steps to achieve success in your civil litigation case. We will advocate for your best interest, help you protect yourself and your assets, and work closely with you to reach the best possible outcome in your case.
The Civil Litigation Process
Civil litigation in South Carolina starts with one person or business filing a summons and complaint. These are legal documents that provide the defendant with a notice of the lawsuit, the reasons for the case, and the types of remedies the plaintiff is demanding. The summons and complaint will also give the defendant notice that he or she needs to respond to the complaint, typically within 30 days. If the defendant doesn’t respond in time, he or she risks default.
Next, the defendant will respond by filing an answer. The defendant will provide a brief response to all of the allegations in the complaint. Typically the defendant will admit or deny a defendant’s information and belief. The answer also gives the defendant an opportunity to make counterclaims against the plaintiff. The next step in the process is called discovery. The parties exchange information, conduct interrogatories and take depositions from parties and witnesses.
Cases Involving Breaches of Contract
Breach of contract claims are among the most common sources of legal disputes for businesses in South Carolina. Businesses and individuals rely on contracts to protect their interests and ensure that they are protected if the other party breaches the contract and doesn’t fulfill their end of the arrangement. You may be entitled to legal remedies if you have experienced damages due to a breach of contract.
You can request that the court enforce the contract and require the other party to fill the demands or demand compensation for the damages you’ve suffered from the breach. At Willcox, Buyck & Williams, PA, our attentive, detail-oriented, and strategic attorneys can help you resolve any issues you have in the field of contract law. Whether you need to bring a claim to enforce a contract or defend yourself against a breach of contract claim, we can help.
Decreasing the Risk of Civil Litigation With Well-Drafted Contracts
In addition to litigating and enforcing contracts, our law firm can help you negotiate and draft a contract with litigation risk management in mind. Litigation may occur even with the best contracts, but an attorney can help you negotiate the contract to ensure that your best interests are protected. We can also review any contracts before you sign them to ensure that they won’t expose your business to a high risk of litigation in the future. Working with an attorney who has civil litigation experience can help you prevent unnecessary risk of litigation over your business contracts.
Discuss Your Civil Litigation Case With a South Carolina Attorney
At Willcox, Buyck & Williams, PA, our attorneys treat every case as if it may go to trial. Our civil litigation attorneys will carefully review your case and take a proactive approach, and can help you understand your rights and all of the procedures that need to be followed. Whether you are the defendant or plaintiff in civil litigation, our law firm can provide you with excellent legal representation from the beginning to the end of your case. When possible, we will negotiate for the best settlement available. However, we are fully prepared to represent you at trial and can help you appeal an unfavorable judgment. Contact us today to schedule.