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Filing a Lawsuit: How Long Does it Take?

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If you are looking to file a lawsuit, you're probably not in the mood to wait around. Whether the matter is estate, trust, etc., you've had enough, and now you need your attorney to act. Our favorite TV shows depict characters who, after discovering wrongdoing, are able to slap the villain with a lawsuit the very next day. Yet it's also important to realize that real life doesn't work like television - our problems don't get solved in a single episode - so how long should your filing take?

While we may live in an instant-gratification society, attorneys bear a special responsibility to protect the interests of their clients in a professional and ethical manner. That means that a good lawyer will devote time, effort, and special consideration to your case with an eye to legal strategy if you're pursuing a lawsuit. When filing a claim, there are some key factors to take into account. First off, it's your part to give your lawyer the full story and factual context, which they will then apply to the law in order to formulate the legal arguments for your lawsuit.

Another circumstance you'll have to remember is your attorney's busy schedule. Ideally they could immediately allot all their work hours to your case, file your lawsuit within 48 hours, and get the ball rolling in court. But let's keep in mind that lawyers typically have committments to multiple clients, which translates to arranging time in their schedule just for you. This will likely involve getting more facts, legal research, and finally composing the lawsuit.

There's one more crucial component to filing any lawsuit, and that's your input. Your attorney may be the one with the legal qualifications, but you as the client can nonetheless review their filing before it's submitted to check for factual errors, as well as to ensure it answers to your overall goal. So the entire process of bringing a lawsuit to court could take up to a couple weeks.

Anyone who's looking to file a lawsuit is likely frustrated, and maybe outright teed off. It's your attorney's job to cooly, calmly think through a legal strategy for protecting you and punishing wrongdoers. Just remember, you deserve a lawyer who does his homework and gets it right in court.

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