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

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What Makes Up a Case

To have a case, you need three things:
• A problem
• A loss
• A law
If you’re missing any one of these three things, you don’t have a case, even if the other parts are very strong. Let’s take a closer look at each of these elements.

A Problem

You need a problem that is either an ongoing problem or has already happened. The law doesn’t provide solutions to potential problems that may or may not happen in the future, except when there’s evidence that the potential future problem is part of a current dispute, like setting future visitation rights and schedules in a divorce case. If there’s only an imagined future problem, you don’t have a case.

A Loss

You need to have suffered a loss or been hurt somehow. This is called ...

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