Civil Lawsuits

Limited Cases under $25,000

 Whether you are suing someone or are being sued, civil cases can get complex. There are steps that every party must follow. We can help you and guide you throughout the lawsuit. We specialize in Plaintiff and Defendant cases. Here are the main steps every civil lawsuit follows:


  1. Prefiling: Starts when the reason for the lawsuit first happens, like an accident or the breaking of a contract. There are a lot of things you must do to get ready before filing a lawsuit.
  2. Filing: Starts when you file the papers with the court to start the case.
  3. Response or default: Once you have the defendant served with a copy of the lawsuit, he or she has 30 business days to respond by filing proper papers in the court. If the defendant does not respond, he or she is in default. If the defendant was not personally served, but was substitute served by having the papers given to someone else in the household and having a second copy mailed, the defendant has 40 days from the date of the mailing to file a response in the court.
  4. Discovery: You can start discovery 10 days (20 days for depositions) after you serve the summons, or as soon as the defendant answers the lawsuit. Defendants can start discovery once they are served. The discovery process allows both sides to exchange information and learn about the strengths and weaknesses of both sides of the case.
  5. Pretrial: If the parties cannot settle the case, pretrial starts about 90 days before the trial. This is when both sides get ready for the trial, get their witnesses and evidence lined up, and make important decisions about how to handle the case. During pretrial, they also have settlement conferences with the judge.
  6. Mandatory settlement conference: Before the trial date the court may hold a mandatory settlement conference to try to assist the parties in settling the case. This conference may be held informally in the judge’s chambers or in a courtroom. All parties with authority to settle the case must attend. A written settlement conference statement must be filed with the court at least 5 court days before the conference.
  7. Trial: The trial can last 4 hours or less, a day, or sometimes a week or more. It depends on how complicated the case is. It can be a jury trial or a court trial, depending on the type of case and what the parties choose.
  8. Post trial: This means after the trial. This is when either side can appeal or collect the judgment.

Unlimited Cases over $25,000

Cases over $25,000 are a bit more tricky and have extra steps to follow. We help you through the process and will help you win your case. We specialize in Plaintiff and Defendant cases. We have top strategies to defend your case if you are the Defendant. Below are the main steps for an unlimited civil case: 


  1. Prefiling: Starts when the reason for the lawsuit first happens, like an accident or the breaking of a contract. There are a lot of things you must do to get ready before filing a lawsuit.
  2. Filing: Starts when you file the papers with the court to start the case.
  3. Response or default: Once you have the defendant served with a copy of the lawsuit, he or she has 30 days to respond by filing proper papers in the court. If the defendant does not respond, he or she is in default. If the defendant was not personally served, but was substitute served by having the papers given to someone else in the household and having a second copy mailed, the defendant has 40 days from the date of the mailing to file a response in the court.
  4. Discovery: You can start discovery 10 days after you serve the summons (20 days for depositions), or as soon as the defendant answers the lawsuit. Defendants can start discovery once they are served. The discovery process allows both sides to exchange information and learn about the strengths and weaknesses of both sides of the case.
  5. Arbitration: In cases involving $50,000 or less, the court may order the parties to participate in judicial arbitration. The court provides a list of several arbitrators and each side can remove one name from the list. The arbitrator is appointed from those remaining on the list. Arbitration is nonbinding, unless the parties agree otherwise. This means that either side can challenge the decision of the arbitrator by filing with the court a request for a trial within 30 days of the arbitrator’s decision (called an “award”). This will cause the court to schedule the case for trial as if there was no arbitration. However, if the party requesting a trial fails to get a more favorable ruling in court than the arbitration award, he or she may forfeit the right to recover certain costs and may have to pay certain costs to the other side. 
  6. Pretrial: If the parties cannot settle the case, and there was no judicial arbitration or one of the parties filed a request for a trial after the arbitration, pretrial starts about 90 days before the trial. This is when both sides get ready for the trial, get their witnesses and evidence lined up, and make important decisions about how to handle the case. During pretrial, they also have settlement conferences with the judge.
  7. Mandatory settlement conference: Before the trial date the court may hold a mandatory settlement conference to try to assist the parties in settling the case. This conference may be held informally in the judge’s chambers or in a courtroom. All parties with authority to settle the case must attend. A written settlement conference statement must be filed with the court at least 5 court days before the conference. 
  8. Trial: The trial can last 4 hours or less, a day, or sometimes a week or more. It depends on how complicated the case is. It can be a jury trial or a court trial, depending on the type of case and what the parties choose.
  9. Post trial: This means after the trial. This is when either side can appeal or collect the judgment.

Collecting Judgments

Premier Paralegals specializes in enforcing and collecting judgments. We get you the money you deserve. We have  strategies that can suspend the judgment debtor's driver's license, passport and can affect their credit. 


We also garnish the debtor's wages and can obtain a levy on property and bank accounts. We won't stop until you get the money you are owed. Call us today to get started on collecting your judgment. 

Types of Civil Lawsuits

Contract Disputes

Tort Law

Personal Injury

Breach of Contract

Disputes over real property

Employment lawsuits