If you are considering bringing a lawsuit against a person or entity, you should speak to a civil litigation attorney at May Law, LLP. We have helped many clients successfully pursue lawsuits for over 20 years, and we want to assist you. Our lawyers work hard to protect the rights of our clients and offer them exemplary representation in court.
Types of Civil Litigation
When a person or entity, like a company, gets into a legal dispute with another party and seeks money, they must pursue civil litigation by filing a claim. While some civil litigation matters are settled out of court, others go to trial. If there is a trial, a jury or judge must decide on the civil matter. Here are some of the most common types of civil litigation for which you might consult a May Law attorney:
- Business law disputes
- Construction liability lawsuits
- Contract negotiations and disputes
- Employment law (disputes between employers and employees)
- Landlord/tenant disputes
- Boundary/easement disputes
- Personal injury claims
- Divorce lawsuits
- Custody claims or disputes
At May Law, LLP, our civil litigation attorneys have been providing legal representation in boundary and easement disputes for decades. These disputes include actions to quiet title and actions to recognize prescriptive easement, among others. We provide both in-court representation as well as out-of-court negotiation and dispute resolution services.
Boundary disputes may arise in a variety of situations. For example, a landowner may be building a fence or other improvement on land the adjacent landowner claims is his. This type of dispute is called an encroachment. If the objecting landowner does not immediately notify the other landowner, he may end up losing that piece of property even if he was correct.
Easements are the legal right to use a piece of property. Easements can arise from a variety of circumstances. For example, utility companies generally have easements to run pipes or wires across a landowner’s property. Easements “run with the land” and are not extinguished by a transfer of the property from one owner to another.
Civil Litigation Attorney
While almost everyone wishes they could get along with their neighbors, this is not always possible to do. One of the most common things that may come up between neighbors is a boundary dispute. Being caught in the middle of a boundary dispute can be stressful and it can leave you scratching your head as to where the line is drawn between your property and your neighbor’s.
When this is the case, you should seek the help of a qualified civil litigation attorney who is familiar with boundary and easement disputes. Not only do we specialize in this type of law, but we can go to battle for you and research your boundary problems.
How do boundary issues crop up?
A civil litigation attorney knows that there are several ways boundary issues can crop up. As noted above, it may be as harmless as your neighbor choosing to put up a fence and doing so over the property line. You or your neighbor may have the deed to your separate properties but one or both of those deeds may be inaccurate.
There is also the “first come, first served” ideology, and if your neighbor moved in before you did and has their property on part of your land, they may have claimed it as their own because they think it is now owed to them. When there is a serious boundary dispute like this in question, it is time to call our law firm for assistance.
What can be done?
The first thing that your civil litigation dispute attorney will do is make an assessment of the land in question. We can analyze both properties and determine whether you or your neighbor are encroaching on each other’s property. It is important to determine how long this has been going on, how much land has been taken, and whether there was ever permission to do so in the first place. Using our team as legal counsel is very helpful because we are familiar with working with a licensed surveyor who can:
- Locate the boundary,
- Make an appraisal of the property, and
- Conduct a title search to locate the owner of the property.
Is it possible to solve this without going to court?
Absolutely, but most of the time this might depend on how much property there is and how much it costs. If the value is small, you and your neighbor may be able to come to a mutual agreement outside of court.
If, on the other hand, the land is yours and your neighbor chooses not to answer civilly, your civil litigation dispute attorney will draft up a demand letter calling your neighbor to take action before going to court. From here, we can either work this out with your neighbor or go to court. If you have concerns about boundary issues regarding your property, do not hesitate to contact an attorney from May Law, LLP today.
How long does civil litigation take?
If you are pursuing civil litigation, you are probably wondering how long the process will take. No two civil litigation matters are the same. Some lawsuits may take just a few months while others may take over a year. The length of your lawsuit may depend on several different variables, such as the type of case and the number of parties involved.
For example, if you have a small claim under $10,000, it probably will not take more than a few months to settle, especially if there is no discovery phase. However, if you are bringing a large lawsuit, it may take your civil litigation attorney at least a year to settle it.
Should I hire an attorney?
No matter what type of civil litigation matter you are dealing with, it may be in your best interest to work with an experienced civil litigation attorney. He or she is familiar with all the steps that it takes to pursue a civil litigation matter and can simplify the process for you. Your attorney may help you gather evidence, fill out paperwork, and find expert witnesses. This can relieve a great deal of stress for individuals who have never filed a civil suit before.
May Law, LLP attorneys will give you an honest assessment at our initial consultation as to whether or not you have a good claim, if you need to hire an attorney, and estimates on your time and money investment in worthwhile claims.
How much does a civil litigation lawyer cost?
Some civil litigation lawyers charge by the hour while others work on a contingency basis. If a civil litigation attorney works on a contingency fee, you won’t have to pay any money upfront. He or she will take a percentage of your winnings. If you don’t win your case, you won’t owe your lawyer any money.
At May Law, LLP, we treat all civil litigation matters seriously and work hard to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We offer reasonably-priced initial consultations, in order to assess the validity and likelihood of success of your claim. We’re proud to offer trusted legal counsel for a variety of situations to residents throughout Northern Virginia, and the Commonwealth.
Do not wait to hire an attorney to help you with your civil litigation matter. If you are searching for a civil litigation attorney, contact May Law, LLP at (703) 312-0410 today.