Resolution Urgency

If you are considering starting a lawsuit, you need to be aware that resolving a matter through the courts can be very costly and sometimes take years to obtain a final judgment. Below is an approximate timeline for a straight forward contractual dispute involving only two parties. It assumes things have gone relatively smoothly, with no more than one motion to resolve some issue (i.e. undertakings) and that the ultimate trial will last 1 week and require no expert witnesses or demonstrative evidence:

Consequently, if you are requiring immediate payment, it may be advisable to negotiate with the opposing party to come to a settlement and avoid such a lengthy process. To determine if pursuing a court action is in your best interest or for assistance with alternate dispute resolution options, we encourage you to consult with one of our experienced civil litigators.