Martin County Civil Litigation Lawyers
Helping Residents of Jupiter & the Surrounding Areas Successfully Resolve Disputes
A civil litigation proceeding is when an individual or business entity sues another individual or business entity. During a civil case, the plaintiff seeks to recover damages they believe they are owed from the defendant. The awards they seek are usually monetary. At Deckard, Kofsky & Clark, LLC, our attorneys will aggressively advocate on your behalf during the litigation process. Whether you are the party seeking compensation or attempting to defend your position, we will be by your side every step of the way.
When business, family and person disputes threaten to disrupt your business or personal life, the committed and knowledgeable attorneys of Deckard, Kofsky & Clark, PLLC will stand by your side. Our lawyers and staff will protect your interests and give you the peace of mind that comes only from knowing that we have traveled this path before.
Call our office at (772) 238-7231 to schedule your initial consultation.
Common Reasons for Civil Litigation
While no two situations are alike, there are a few common reasons why a person or business entity may wish to begin a civil litigation.
These reasons include, but are not limited to:
- Personal Injury
- Business Litigation
- Partnership Disputes
- Non-Compete Agreements
- Copyright Litigation
- Insurance Coverage Disputes
- Civil Rights Violations
- Premises Liability
The Civil Litigation Process
To initiate the civil process, the plaintiff must file a complaint and summons with the court. These documents set forth the claims and reasoning behind why the plaintiff is suing the defendant. In addition to the court, the plaintiff must serve the defendant these documents.
Once this initial step has occurred, the following must take place:
- The defendant either answers or ignores the summons. If the defendant ignores the summons the plaintiff could win the case by default. If the defendant responds with either an acceptance or denial of the allegations, they must file their answer with the court.
- After all documents have been filed, the discovery phase begins. During this phase, the parties and their attorneys gather evidence and witnesses that support their side of the case.
- The parties can either choose to resolve their issues through litigation or mediation. If the parties choose to resolve through mediation, the matter can end outside of court.
- If the parties choose to resolve through litigation, the case goes to trial, and each attorney represents their clients’ side of the issue. After each side has said their peace, the judge will determine who to rule in favor of.
- If either party is not happy with the final decision, they have a legal right to seek an appeal.
Ready for Trial
At Deckard, Kofsky & Clark, PLLC, we are trial lawyers. We have the tenacity, skill and reputation required to litigate your case when litigation is needed. We are often able to resolve cases in mediation but that success stems from our ability and willingness to go to trial whenever it offers you the best likely outcome. As a result of our experience and meticulous preparation we are always ready try your case.
Better Clients Make Better Lawyers
At Deckard, Kofsky & Clark, PLLC we make you better clients. We take the time to learn about you, your business, your objectives and needs and show you the way to get the best possible outcome. We believe that when you understand the litigation process and what we need to prove your case, you become a better client and, in turn, make us better lawyers. Whether litigating your case at trial, appealing an adverse outcome, or defending a win, our firm is ready to represent you whenever the need arises.
“Mr. Deckard who is a former police officer saw through the lies and fought hard to keep me out of prison.”- Former Client
“I was in a difficult marriage and needed a lawyer who was able to help me through the divorce and protect my kids. Mr. Kofsky was ...”- R. Sessions
“Martin Kofsky represented me in an ugly divorce last year. I picked him because he was smart and tough...”- M. Moran