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Know Your Weaknesses: The Pre-Filing Investigation

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When clients come to us with a potential lawsuit, they typically tell us one side of the story. This is no fault of theirs; it is human nature. We all tend to see the facts of a situation from our own perspective and overlook areas where the facts are not in our favor.

It may seem counterintuitive, but part of our duty to be the best advocates we can for our clients is to overcome the urge to subscribe to their side of the story, and instead diligently seek out their cases’ biggest weaknesses. Doing this allows us to accomplish a few important things upfront:

  • Provide our clients with smart advice about whether or not to pursue a given claim;
  • Approach the case in a way that lessens the importance of particular areas of weakness; and
  • Anticipate the opponents’ defenses.

For us, the first stage of litigation comes well before anything gets filed with the court. During this stage, we work closely with our clients to gather the relevant facts and documentation, asking the tough questions and expecting honest answers. Early and comprehensive legal research allows us to determine how the facts measure up with the law. Only with this information in hand can we proceed with the confidence that where weaknesses exist, we know what they are and have the tools to overcome them.

If you value the ability to minimize the element of surprise, call Northwest Business Law Group to discuss how we can maximize your opportunities for success.

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