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Civil Litigation and Small Claims Lawyer Ottawa

Do you need a Civil Litigation Lawyer?

If you have been wronged, criminal sanction sometimes does not provide you with the remedy you desire. If you would like compensation for the wrong that has been committed, or specific performance, civil litigation is the best avenue for you to resolve the issue. A large majority of civil cases are settled outside of court.

To give yourself the best chance at securing a favourable outcome, it is of paramount importance that you obtain the services of a lawyer who is both a savvy negotiator and a seasoned advocate.

Having a lawyer who has a reputation as a strong oral advocate serves to provide you with greater leverage in settlement negotiations, as the other side knows you are serious about proceeding to trial with the matter.

DUVADIE Law has the blend of skills needed to be successful in the civil litigation process, and has a strong track record of getting results for our clients both via settlement and at trial. 

We have experience handling cases that involve a wide range of subject matter, including personal injury, employment issues, failed transactions, breach of contract, property damage, and defamation. 

If you feel you have been wronged, and you wish to learn if any legal remedy is available to right the wrong, please get in touch with DUVADIE Law at your earliest opportunity, so we may begin to work on your behalf. 

Small Claims Lawyer

If the value of your legal claim is less than $25,000, then you may be able to resolve the matter in Ontario’s Small Claims Court. Proceeding this way has a number of benefits, including procedures that are simplified and more easy to navigate for non-lawyers. In order to encourage people to use the court to resolve their claims, there are restrictions on cost recovery for small claims matters. These limit the amount you will have to pay of the other side’s legal expenses should you be unsuccessful at trial (currently the limit is set at 15% of the value of the claim). 

The choice whether to obtain legal representation for a small claims matter depends on the nature of your claim and the sophistication of the parties on the other side of your dispute. Successfully representing yourself is more possible in small claims than any other court, but if the opposing party has obtained legal representation, or is a multi-national company with the resources to pay a large firm to defend it in small claims, you will be at a disadvantage.

For a small claims matter, a lawyer will help you to draft a statement of claim or response, attend your settlement conference and trial management appearances, handle any settlement negotiations and represent you at trial. 

Should you decide to obtain legal representation, it is important to be aware of the limits on cost recovery in Small Claims Court. If you hire a lawyer who charges a high hourly rate, you will only be able to acquire a portion of the fees you owe them from the other side (if you are fortunate enough to be successful in court).

This means it is of great importance to find a lawyer whose fees will be proportionate to the cost awards that are available. DUVADIE Law has considerable experience with handling matters in Small Claim’s court, and will structure our fee with the limits on cost recovery in mind.

We relish the opportunity to do cases involving national and multi-national organizations who can afford to hire large law firms to represent them in small claims court hearings. 

If you have an issue that you believe may be eligible to be handled in Small Claims Court, please contact DUVADIE Law at 613-422-1155 or Toll-Free at 1-855-422-1155 at your earliest opportunity so we may begin to work on your behalf. 

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