Civil Defense Attorney
Civil Defense Attorney: HOUSTON & GALVESTON, TX
I have just been served with a demand letter – what do I do?
Overview of a Civil Lawsuit
When two parties have a legal dispute but neither seek criminal penalties (i.e., jail time), those parties generally engage in civil litigation also referred to as a civil lawsuit. Typically, plaintiffs in civil lawsuits seek monetary compensation or the performance of a specific action. At Walker & Taylor, our civil attorneys have decades of experience pursuing and defending a wide range of cases such as self-defense lawsuits, personal injury, traffic accidents, premises defects, wrongful death, contractual disputes, multi-district litigation (“MDL”), gun range litigation, firearms law, land use litigation, and dram shop actions.
Contact one of our civil attorneys today to learn more about what Walker & Taylor can do for you.
Civil Self-Defense Lawsuit & Firearms Law
Walker & Taylor is one of the very few, if not the only, law firm in Texas that has civil self-defense litigation experience. Though most people understand there may be criminal ramifications for using force to defend yourself, few are ready for the civil suit that typically follows a self-defense incident. Our civil self-defense attorneys at Walker & Taylor represent clients from all walks of life, including individuals, security guards, security guard companies, gun ranges, and law enforcement officers who have used force in self-defense, whether they receive a criminal charge or are served with a lawsuit.
In addition to self-defense lawsuits, Walker & Taylor is perhaps the only law firm in Texas that regularly consults and advises individuals, companies, and officials on gun law. But we don’t just consult on these issues; we are willing to go to bat for you if the government or another party is trying to impede on your Second Amendment rights, whether it be as simple as removing a wrongfully placed 30.06 sign or as complex as fighting an unconstitutional statute. So if you have a question or believe that your Second Amendment rights are being violated, we would love to speak with you to see if we can help.
Other Civil Defense Attorney Practice Areas
Although our civil department focuses on civil self-defense litigation and gun law, our attorneys also have significant experience in the following areas:
- Personal Injury
- Traffic Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Premises Liability
- Insurance Defense
- Contractual & Commercial Disputes
- Wills, Trusts, & Powers of Attorney
- Dram Shop Claims
- Land Use Actions
- Shooting range compliance and litigation
Why Clients Choose Our Civil Defense Lawyers
Walker & Taylor is an experienced, aggressive Houston law firm that protects our clients like family members and treats every case as our only case. If you’re considering a law firm to make you feel comfortable and fight for you, this is your firm.
Legal issues can be complex, time-sensitive, and have serious consequences. That is why retaining counsel early in the process is always the best practice to avoid or mitigate a negative outcome. If you believe that your rights have been violated or if you have been served with a lawsuit, contact one of our attorneys today to find out more about what Walker & Taylor can do for you.
How a Lawsuit Works
Civil litigation generally starts when someone believes they have suffered harm sends a demand letter or presents a claim to the person who allegedly caused it. The demand letter or claim will typically ask for money or to stop a particular action. However, suppose the parties are unable to come to an agreement without getting the court system involved. In that case, one of the parties will begin the lawsuit by filing a document called a Petition.
Once the defendant is served with a lawsuit, the formal litigation process will begin in the pre-trial phase. In the pre-trial phase, our attorneys will investigate the facts of the case through a process called discovery, file various motions, and negotiate with the other side to possibly settle the case. In some cases, motions in the pre-trial phase of a case can dispose of the case entirely.
If the case is not resolved through a dispositive motion or settlement in the pre-trial phase, the case will proceed to trial. At trial, the parties will present their case to the jury, who will ultimately decide the facts of the case. Although the jury determines facts in most cases, the judge decides what law will apply to the case and how to rule on various objections. After the jury decides the fact and the judge enters a ruling, the parties have a limited amount of time to file a range of motions challenging the verdict, enforcing orders, or even appealing the case.
How Do I Beat a Lawsuit?
Consult a good civil defense lawyer right away! As you can tell, even seemingly simple lawsuits (or threatened lawsuits) can have a significant impact on your business and reputation. The civil defense lawyers at Walker & Taylor can provide experienced legal representation to help fight. Contact the firm for a free case evaluation by calling (281) 668-9957 today!
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