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Most people think of trials and verdicts when discussing civil litigation. However, civil litigation is a step-by-step process set out by court rules, much of which takes place before getting to trial.
A civil litigation attorney moves a case through the multi-step process of gathering information, preparing pleadings to file in your case and responding to pleadings from the other party, discovery (each side answers written questions and provides documents requested by the other side, as well depositions of witnesses likely to be called to testify at trial), negotiations and finally either settlement or trial.
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Mediation is a structured interactive process in which an impartial, neutral third party (mediator) assists parties in resolving a dispute. Stephen H. Ratliff has been working as a mediator in civil cases for over 30 years. He works to find creative and successful solutions to help parties reach a mutually agreeable resolution and in turn save time, money and resources that would be spent on costly litigation.
Arbitration is a process whereby the parties submit their dispute to an impartial arbitrator, typically an experienced attorney or retired judge, who, after hearing each side’s evidence, renders a ruling/decision in the case. The process is streamlined and a faster and less expensive alternative to litigating disputes through the court system. Stephen H. Ratliff has worked as an arbitrator for many years involving civil disputes and is respected for his thoroughness and fairness in reaching a decision based upon the evidence.