Civil Litigation Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

If you need the help of an attorney to guide you through a civil matter, you've come to the right place. Whether you're dealing with a disagreement related to property, child custody, or a business contract, you don't need to navigate the complex waters surrounding a civil dispute on your own. Just enlist the assistance of The Law Offices Of Robert Goldman in Pittsburgh, PA.
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The Law Offices Of Robert Goldman understands that legal battles can be confusing and emotionally taxing. That's why The Law Offices Of Robert Goldman will work to facilitate a timely resolution to your civil law matter. When you work with The Law Offices Of Robert Goldman, any questions you have about your case will be answered patiently. You can expect prompt, responsive, and professional service from the moment you become a client.

If you're involved in a civil dispute, turn to The Law Offices Of Robert Goldman to protect your rights and put your best interests first. To discuss your civil law matter, call today to schedule a consultation.
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Civil Litigation
The goal of any legal system is to provide a fair and civil way to resolve disputes.

Such a system is necessary to ensure that members of society will resolve their disputes in a peaceful manner.

Hence, “civil” litigation is a proceeding where people can act civilly in resolving private disputes and the courts will insist that proper decorum and respect be shown during these proceedings.

To ensure that both sides will have a fair opportunity to present their case, the courts have adopted formal rules of procedure and formal rules of evidence and an impartial Judge will be assigned to oversee the proceeding.

The phrase “civil litigation” refers to a wide variety of private disputes.

Civil litigants are typically private individuals and companies but may include government agencies.

Civil issues include anything of a private nature, as opposed to criminal actions.

Some examples of civil actions include business disputes, employment disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, personal injury claims, and civil rights claims.

In all of these cases, the plaintiff asserts that the defendant(s) did something wrong and as a result, the plaintiff has suffered some sort of injury.

In most cases, the plaintiff will seek monetary damages but in some cases, a plaintiff may ask for equitable relief. That is, a court order compelling the defendant to stop doing something (injunction) or to compel the defendant to do something (specific performance).

Lawyers often refer to civil matters according to the type of litigation.

The two most common are “tort actions”, which are for personal harm, such as personal injury (PI) or defamation of character, and “assumpsit” which are claims arising out of a contract for breach of a promise.

The civil litigation process typically starts at the lowest level but can move to higher levels if one or both of the parties wish to appeal.

For example, in Pennsylvania, a dispute involving money less than $12,000 can be heard by a district magistrate.

There is also a compulsory arbitration process, the amount of which can vary by county.

For larger amounts and for minor court appeals, the Court of Common Pleas will hear the dispute.

Litigation attorneys are familiar with the formal rules of procedure and evidence and will represent their client in obtaining a settlement or, if necessary, at a trial.

While litigators are trained to be advocates, they are also trained not to become so emotionally involved in the client's case that they lose their objective perspective.

This educated but objective advocate can be invaluable to reaching an out of court settlement.

If you are involved in a civil case and do not have an attorney, either as a plaintiff or as a defendant and have a question, please contact my office.

My office has experience in many types of civil matters and can provide assistance at any step in the civil litigation process.