Going to court to resolve a problem is not something many Massachusetts residents feel comfortable doing. Sometimes, taking legal action is the only way to resolve a dispute. The good news is, while civil litigation can be intimidating or seem over the top, filing a claim in no way means one will end up battling things out in court.
Contracts are legal documents that are used in the business world to hold parties who enter into agreements with one another accountable to one another. When one party fails to hold up his or her end of the deal, this is known as a breach of contract. When a breach of contract occurs, the offended party may seek compensation for any damages suffered by pursuing civil litigation in a Massachusetts court.
The world of construction is an interesting place. There is a lot involved in a construction project, which means a lot can go wrong along the way. When a construction dispute arises, and they often do, what can the offended party do? In the state of Massachusetts, this individual may pursue civil litigation in order to seek resolution if other means to resolve the issue have failed.
As someone involved in probate proceedings in Massachusetts, you may be familiar with the term “undue influence,” but you may not fully comprehend what it means or how allegations of undue influence can potentially impact will contests or other probate proceedings. At Kajko, Weisman & Colasanti, LLP, we understand that undue influence can occur when one party works to influence the decision of another for his or her own personal gain. We also have considerable experience helping clients navigate this and many similar probate-related issues.
It can be frustrating knowing someone owes you money but not having the means to recover it. You may consider taking the person to small claims court, but you might not want to go through the hassle. Is there another way you can try to recover your money before taking the other party to court? You and other Massachusetts residents may be interested in learning how to write a demand letter.
Like many other Massachusetts residents, you may enjoy watching daytime court television shows, such as The People's Court or Judge Judy. While we at the law offices of Kajko, Weisman & Colasanti, LLP, also find these shows entertaining, we know that they represent merely a slice of what actually goes on during the civil litigation process.
Connecticut does not have statutory provisions that specifically allow contractors the right to cure construction defects. This means that you would probably not need to give construction contractors or subcontractors an option to fix their mistakes. You would also probably not need to provide notice before you filed action.
America is frequently referred to as the most litigious country in the world. Simply put, we love to sue. Even so, when you are the one getting served in Massachusetts, it may not feel commonplace at all. You may begin to think you are the only person in the world who truly knows what it is like to either be caught in the act or be falsely accused.
Alternative dispute resolution could be a good idea if you have a business-law issue in Massachusetts -- under certain conditions. At Kajko, Weisman & Colasanti, LLP, we recognize that these ADR programs work for some situations, while others require a more formal process.
The kinds of damages awarded in Massachusetts civil litigation cases take many forms, but perhaps the two most prominent types involve compensatory and punitive damages. These forms of damages generally depend on the nature of the actions of the offending party. A plaintiff who has suffered a particularly malicious injury may be more likely to receive punitive damages than compensatory damages.