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There are always two parties to a lawsuit: the plaintiff, who start the lawsuit, and the defendant, who defends against the allegations stated against him. A lawsuit is a process that involves several steps beginning with the filing of a complaint in court and ending with a judge's or jury's decision.

How long do I have to file my lawsuit?

legislative act restricting the time within which legal proceedings may be brought, usually to a fixed period after the occurrence of the events that gave rise to the cause of action. Such statutes are enacted to protect persons against claims made after disputes have become stale, evidence has been lost, memories have faded, or witnesses have disappeared. 

 If the lawsuit or claim is not filed before the statutory deadline, the right to sue or make a claim is forever dead (barred). 

The statutes governing limitations periods vary depend on each case or claim.

The type of claim is important for determining when the limitations period begins to run. 

We have an experienced civil attorney here who would be happy to analyze your situation’s circumstances and advise you of your legal rights and options. This can generally be accomplished during a meeting (which can be by phone). 

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Evaluating And Researching The Case

You should never file a lawsuit casually. Almost every lawsuit (or “cause of action”) can be broken down into a series of elements that make up a legal claim or theory of recovery. As the plaintiff, you must know each element of your claim because it will be your job to prove each one of them.
Types Of Cases In Michigan Civil Court

Civil courts in Michigan handle a wide variety of cases involving numerous legal issues.  Very broadly, civil cases may involve such things as, for example,

Tort claims.  A "tort" is a wrongful act (sometimes called a "tortious" act), other than a breach of contract, that results in injury to someone's person, property, reputation, or the like, for which the injured person is entitled to compensation for damges.  Cases involving claims for such things as personal injury, wrongful death, battery, negligence, defamation, medical malpractice, fraud, and many others, are all examples.

Breach of contract claims.  A breach of contract case typically results from a person's failure to perform some term of a contract, whether the contract is written or oral, without some legitimate legal excuse. Cases involving claims for such things as not completing a job, not paying in full or on time, failing to deliver goods sold or promised, and many others, are all examples.

​Equitable claims.  An "equitable claim" asks the court to order a party to take some action or stop some action.  It may or may not be joined with a claim for monetary damages.