Filing a Lawsuit in Providence, Rhode Island

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If you are a resident of Providence, Rhode Island and believe that somebody has committed a legal wrong against you, and have decided that the effort and expense involved in seeking compensation is worth it, you may consider filing a lawsuit.

If you're considering filing a lawsuit, there are numerous things you need to consider, and it is not a decision to be made lightly. You should not file a lawsuit without seeking the advice of a Providence, Rhode Island civil litigation attorney first.

When you contact a civil litigation lawyer in Providence, Rhode Island, they'll be able to give you some very useful advice, particularly in devising a strategy that maximizes your chances of winning your lawsuit. You'll probably also wonder how much this lawsuit is going to cost you, especially if you don't win. This largely depends on the attorney's fee structure. If the attorney charges an hourly rate, you will simply have to pay the lawyer for every hour they work. This can add up to a huge amount of money, very quickly. If they charge on a contingency basis, you do not have to pay any attorney's fees unless you win, and payment comes in the form of the percentage of the judgment. However, if you lose, you might still be responsible for costs, such as court fees, which are incurred no matter what happens to the case.

Steps for Filing a Lawsuit in Providence, Rhode Island

Consultation with your attorney: You should always speak with a Providence, Rhode Island lawyer who specializes in civil litigation before filing any type of lawsuit in a court in Providence, Rhode Island. Your lawyer will have crucial information and advise, helping you decide whether or not your chances of success in the lawsuit make it worth your while to proceed.

Drafting a Complaint: Once you have decided to go through with filing a lawsuit in a Providence, Rhode Island court, you need to draft a complaint, with the help of your lawyer. A complaint is normally the first step in actually filing a lawsuit. The complaint is the plaintiff's first opportunity to lay out the allegations against the defendant. If a complaint doesn't allege facts that add up to a valid lawsuit (that is, even if everything alleged in the complaint is true, the defendant has still not committed a legal wrong that the court can compensate), the case will have to be dismissed. When a case is dismissed for this reason, the court normally gives the plaintiff a chance to re-submit the complaint, with the errors corrected.

Serving The Defendant: Once you, or your lawyer, have drafted a complaint, the defendant must be served with it, so they have notice that they're being sued, and are given time to prepare a defense. Providence, Rhode Island has certain rules governing how a complaint must be served, for the service to be valid. Personal service (having someone give the documents directly to the defendant) is preferred. However, some courts will also accept service by mail in limited circumstances, or service upon an adult member of the defendant's household.

Await the Response: The defendant in Providence, Rhode Island has an opportunity to respond to the allegations against them. They have many options in how they respond to a lawsuit. They can move to dismiss the case (arguing that, even if everything the complaint alleges is true, they would still not be liable for anything), or they can file with the court, and serve upon the plaintiff an answer. An answer is a point-by-point disposal of every allegation against the defendant. The defendant can admit the allegations, deny them, or claim that they do not have enough information to admit or deny them (which basically operates as a denial). Normally, the defendant will admit the inconsequential allegations, so they don't have to be litigated (if the lawsuit is about a car accident involving the plaintiff and defendant, they'll probably go ahead and admit that the accident took place), but deny any allegation that could establish liability, if true (they'll deny responsibility for the car accident, for example). If the defendant does not respond by the deadline, they will have a default judgment entered against them, and automatically lose the case.

How Can A Providence, Rhode Island Tort Lawyer Help?

The basic outline above does not come close to covering all the details involved in filing a lawsuit in Providence, Rhode Island.

If you have suffered a legal wrong in and decide to sue the person who you believed wronged you, you should talk with a qualified Providence, Rhode Island attorney.

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Life in Providence

Providence is the 3rd largest city in New England and known for its jewelry and silverware industry. Providence is known as the "Creative Capital" because the city and its residents emphasize educational and cultural resources within the community. Ivy League Brown University, Johnson Wales University, the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence College, the state's oldest public college named Rhode Island College are all located in Providence. The city is also home to one of the best writer's retreats available in the United States.

Since Providence is such an important community, a number of talented New England lawyers call it home. Providence lawyers are familiar with local Rhode Island State Courts, Providence County Courts, as well as Federal Courts like U.S. Immigration and Bankruptcy courts.

Other major industries in Providence include transportation and trade, education, health services, government, and leisure/hospitality services for tourists. Providence is a major East Coast hub for business and financial services as well.

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