TRIALS And Civil Litigation
- While most cases are settled far in advance of trial, sometimes it is necessary for cases to go to court. This usually occurs when there are serious factual disputes regarding the liability and/or damages in a case. We believe that the best way to achieve both an equitable settlement or verdict is to thoroughly prepare all cases to go to trial. The sooner the other side sees that you are serious about your case, the sooner they will likely desire to fairly resolve the case.
- After a successful trial and verdict, the court will award certain costs that are allowed by law. Costs for expenses such as filing fees, service of process, deposition transcripts, maps, surveys and other items may be awarded by the court. However, many other costs such as the fees charges by expert witness (such as doctors and accountants), travel, photocopies and most other expenses are not allowed to be awarded under Montana law in many types of cases. We will obtain payment for all costs allowed by law, including reimbursement for attorney fees in certain cases, and we pursue every opportunity to argue for an award of costs.
- Whether through trial or settlement, we work to get you the best results at the earliest stage possible.