Civil Litigation Archives - Tressler Associates

You’ve spent months and months of your life preparing for your lawsuit. Whether it be against a former employer, a loved one, or even a stranger, it’s a long time to spend fighting someone for damages, and odds are, you’ll spend a lot more time until it’s over. At least you will until the defendant offers you a settlement to settle your lawsuit.

Settlement is when the defendant admits to some or all of the plaintiff’s claims and offers some kind of payment to avoid or end your litigation. Litigation is the name for the court process where legal teams make their arguments before a judge. Litigation is timely and costly for both sides, especially the losing side.

For this reason, it’s often cheaper for the defendant to offer a significant though smaller settlement amount to keep the case from going into litigation. They can also offer it during litigation to end it, but it takes a specific process to do so.

It’s not always in the plaintiff’s best interest to enter litigation, and there are situations when it’s better to settle a lawsuit. The settlement and litigation attorney at Tressler & Associates can explain.

In What Kind of Case Can You Settle a Lawsuit?

Lawsuits are filed only in civil cases, so you would settle in a criminal case. Plea deals are similar in concept but have several differences. Only specific government entities can file criminal charges against people and entities, and people can’t legally pay money to end a criminal investigation.

What’s the End Goal of Settling a Lawsuit?

When one American citizen or legal resident files a lawsuit, they are filing in civil court, and the suit becomes a civil case. In civil cases, the defendant cannot go to jail as a direct result of the case. Technically, they can be held in contempt of court if found to have committed a crime while on the stand or during litigation, but the judge will not send someone to jail or prison because they have lost a civil case.

In civil cases, the defendant can only pay or give the plaintiff property they owe them, property of monetary value, or money. It’s most common for the defendant to offer settlements with money or high monetary values. If you win your litigation or are offered a settlement, money is what you can expect.

Is it Better to Settle a Lawsuit Than to Litigate?

Whether or not it’s better to settle your lawsuit is up to your personal state of mind and your finances. If you cannot afford to fund a lawsuit through litigation, that would be an instance where it makes logical sense to settle. There are several common situations where litigation may be too taxing on your mind and heart, regardless of your financial situation. For this reason, there are several common instances where you should strongly consider a settlement over litigation.

When You Should Consider Settling Your Lawsuit

Contact Tressler & Associates for Help

If you’re about to file a lawsuit against a business partner, a loved one, or even a stranger to get compensation, consider the attorney at Tressler & Associates. Our attorney has experience with settlement and litigation in real estate law, corporate law, entrepreneurial law, and estate planning. This means we have a wide range of experiences and abilities.

So, if you need to file a lawsuit against a property seller, a previous employer, a would-be investor, or a wrongful inheritor, we’re the law firm for you. Contact us today for help building a case, and deciding whether to settle or litigate.

The legal arena surrounding residential landlord tenant law can be like a mine field at times.  One particular trap that many landlords find themselves in, involves a situation where a tenant has failed to pay their rent.  In response, the landlord sends an eviction letter and eventually files a detainer suit on the matter to evict the tenant from the property.  Sometime between the eviction letter and the court date, the tenant makes a payment to the landlord for rent.

This payment many times is minor in relation to what they owe in arrearages and sometimes it is not even a full month’s rent.  The landlord is happy to get some money out of the tenant, so, they accept it and continue on with their eviction.  On their court date they learn that the judge is dismissing their case for accepting the payment.  The landlord pleads with the judge that the money they accepted was only a small part of what they are owed but it does no good and the judge dismisses their case anyway.

The dismissal is the result of the legal doctrine called waiver.  Waiver is a concept where the landlord surrenders a legal right to proceed with the eviction by accepting a portion of the rent.  This doctrine is established by case law and in some counties by statute.  In counties that are controlled by the Uniform Residential Landlord & Tenant Act the doctrine is codified in TCA 66-28-508 which states “If the landlord accepts rent without reservation and with knowledge of a tenant default, the landlord by such acceptance condones the default and thereby waives such landlord’s right and is estopped from terminating the rental agreement as to that breach”.

Once the judge has dismissed the landlord’s lawsuit, the landlord must start all over again in the eviction process.  Having to start all over can of course be a very costly and time consuming process that should always be avoided.  This is only one of the many predicaments that a landlord can find himself in, regardless of his best intentions.  That is why it is so important to hire an attorney well versed in landlord tenant issues early in the eviction and collection process.

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