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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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Chapter 10
Pretrial
In This Chapter
• Settlements
• Scheduling
• Getting evidence through discovery
• Pretrial motions
There are two ways of thinking about the pretrial period. One is the way most people think of it: as the time before you start the lawsuit. The other is the way lawyers think of it: as the time after you’ve started the lawsuit, but before the actual trial takes place. This book is going to take the lawyer’s definition, because that’s the one you’ll be working with in your lawsuit. The issue of ending the conflict through negotiation, called a settlement, is one that comes up under both definitions of the pretrial period, but it’s often easier to settle once both sides know there are serious consequences for not settling. ...

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