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When you take legal action against someone, it’s easy to get caught up in the desire for justice. The reality is, though, that going to court is a time-consuming, stressful, and expensive undertaking.
Eventually, you may reach a point where the time and effort is no longer worth the reward at the end of the road.
For these reasons, it’s often advisable to opt for an out-of-court settlement. Sure, the reward is often less than what you hoped for. But you still walk away a winner, you can resume your normal life, and the case is shut for good – with no chance of repeal.
Save Time – Average court cases last anywhere from 6 to 18 months. On the other hand, a face-to-face negotiation can resolve a dispute in a matter of weeks, possibly even days.
Save Money – Out of court settlements are far cheaper. You don’t have to pay your lawyer a portion of the contingency fee (which may be higher than what you get from the settlement). Plus, you don’t have to pay expert witnesses for their time to testify either.
Reduced stress and headache – Appearing before a judge and jury can be stressful. And you have to spend a lot of time thinking about the case before and during the trial. This takes attention away from other aspects of your life, such as your job, family, friends, and education.
Walk away a winner – When you settle out of court, you still ultimately ‘Win’ at the end. While the reward itself may be lower than if you did proceed with court, the time, money, and effort you save far outweighs this minor compromise.
Move on with life – Decisions by a judge or jury can be challenged later on, which causes the case to rear its ugly head once more. Settlements, on the other hand, cannot be appealed under any circumstances. Thus, the case is shut closed for good.
Settling out of court is an extremely liberating, stress-free, and cost-effective alternative. To find out if an out-of-court settlement is right for you, contact Norwest Family Law today.
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