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

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Your Nonmonetary Costs

We’ve talked about the actual financial costs of using a lawyer and going through a lawsuit. Those comprise the proverbial tip of the iceberg when it comes to what a lawsuit might cost you. The most important costs to consider are your time, your energy, and your stress levels.

Your Time

You’ll be paying the lawyer for his time, but your time is worth money, too. Because courts operate during business hours, you’re likely to miss work as a result of the lawsuit and lose income. It will also take time to prepare your arguments or prepare papers for your attorney. Whether you’re the plaintiff or the defendant, let your boss know what’s going on, and work as far in advance as you can to make arrangements to reduce the ...

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