What Types of Cases Do Litigation Law Firms Handle?

Jun 3, 2017 | Firm News

Litigation law firms handle a wide variety of cases, but usually focus on those that have the potential to end up in court.

Litigation law firms primarily take cases that can end up in court. Generally speaking, litigation is for with private parties that have a legal dispute they wish the court to decide for them. As you can imagine, many potential litigation cases deal with various types legal disputes. We will discuss some of the more common types of practice areas often present at litigation law firms.

Commercial Litigation

Commercial litigation deals with business-related legal disputes. Most of the time, commercial litigation involves one or more businesses. One of the more common legal disputes involves a breach of contract.

In a breach of contract action, one party believes the other party is not honoring its side of a contractual agreement. If the parties can’t resolve the dispute themselves, they will turn to the courts to make a decision for them.

Another type of commercial litigation type is intellectual property litigation. Intellectual property litigation covers legal disputes over things such as patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.

Personal Injury Litigation

Along with commercial litigation, personal injury litigation is one of the largest litigation practice areas handled by law firms. In a personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff has an injury they believe another person or organization is responsible for causing.

Since there are many different ways a person can suffer an injury due to the fault of another, there are many different types of personal injury cases. How the person became injured will usually dictate how to classify the particular personal injury case. Common personal injury lawsuits include:

  • Car accidents
  • Pets
  • Property in a dangerous condition (such as an icy sidewalk)
  • Medical malpractice
  • Product liability

Real Estate Litigation

As you might imagine, real estate litigation usually involves disputes over land. They include anything from classic neighbor disagreements over a misplaced fence to intricate legal disputes over whether the government properly zoned a particular piece of property. Real estate litigation can cover breach of contract situations as well, such as when a seller doesn’t sell a particular piece of property as he or she originally promised.

Probate Litigation

When people die, they usually leave behind a variety of things, such as cash and property. Many people die without a legal document to declare how to distribute this personal property and assets. The lack of clarity can often lead to legal battles over who gets the property. And when some people are proactive enough to prepare probate documents to deal with these issues, there is still the occasional legal disagreement. These disagreements can stem over an unclear portion of a probate document, such as a will, or that long lost family member who comes out of the woodwork to claim an inheritance.

Public Interest Litigation

Public interest litigation involves civil rights and environmental issues, among others subjects. A primary motivator for public interest litigation is to make the world a better place – at least that’s usually the motivation for the litigants to go to court. Many landmark cases that advance the rights of various groups of people are the result of public interest litigation.

If you believe litigation law firms can provide the legal services you require, think about scheduling your complimentary consultation with the Wilbanks Law Firm, P.C. by calling (706) 335-2355 now.