Monday, January 28, 2013

When Should You Take Someone to Court?

The court system was created to help the citizens of this country. Understanding when to use the system and when to work it out between the two of you could possibly save you hundreds of dollars and tons of time.

Work it Out Without Court

There are some occurrences that do not need court involvement. Immature citizens with a vendetta for someone may want to go, regardless of the frivolous reason. However, more often than not, an alternative dispute resolution of some sort will keep everybody happy.

A Simple Dispute

Going to court doesn’t automatically make unreasonable people reasonable. It doesn’t work that way. Simple arguments with family members, neighbors or friends do not need court involvement. Learn how to maturely come to an agreement, or simply agree to disagree.

Small Misunderstandings

A simple misunderstanding between you and someone you work for does not need court involvement. You thought you were getting paid $20 an hour, but it was actually $20 for the project? Talk to the client about it. See if you can come to a middle ground. If not, cut your losses and move on.

Anything Worth Less than $500

If you want to sue someone for anything less than $500, forget about it. The sheer stress, time and money that is involved in the court process will far surpass the cost of that it.

Take it to the Courts

On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are those that try to avoid the courts if at all possible. Unfortunately, there are times that coming to an agreement is impossible, or court involvement is the only way to feel safe.

A Fraudulent Employer

If you’re a contractor or a freelancer an your employer has scammed you out of thousands of dollars, you may want to get the courts involved. Losing a large sum of money that you were counting one can throw your entire world upside down. There’s nothing wrong with getting the court system involved in that.

To Protect Yourself or Your Child

If you or your child feels threatened or endangered by someone, the courts are a great way to keep you safe. You can get a restraining order as a measure to keep the threatening person away from you.

You may not need the courts involved in everything, but there are certainly times that it is beneficial to use. Make sure to use wisdom and common sense when making the decision to take someone to court. It will be a long, tiresome process and you need to know that what you’re doing is worth all the hassle.

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