For most people, disputes occasionally arise. If you cannot reach an acceptable outcome through negotiation or other means, you may have to exercise your legal right to file a lawsuit. After all, getting a matter in front of a judge or jury is sometimes the most effective way to resolve it successfully. 

You probably have not spent much time litigating important matters. As such, you may be unfamiliar with how civil cases unfold. If you have a property, probate, business or another type of civil action, you may be wondering how much to budget for the process. You may also want to know how long you are apt to wait for a resolution. 

Every case is unique 

When you go to a store, you can easily look at the price tag on an item to know exactly how much it costs. You can also comparison shop to find the best deal. Legal matters do not work like that, unfortunately. On the contrary, how much you can plan to spend on your case depends on a variety of factors. These include the following: 

  • Legal fees 
  • Court costs 
  • Administrative expenses 

Because the cost of civil cases varies widely, it is important to tune out generic cost projections. For a realistic idea of how to budget for your matter, you should talk to an attorney. Because attorneys have experience handling matters like yours, they can advise you on how much money your case is apt to take. 

Civil cases take time 

Settlements are sometimes possible with civil matters. If you can settle your case, it may wrap up quickly. On the other hand, if you must go to court, your matter is likely to take some time. Additionally, if you must file an appeal, you may wait months or years for a resolution. 

Planning for litigating a court case can be frustrating, as there are many unknowns about both time and money. Fortunately, you do not have to fly blindly. By understanding how to get a realistic time and money estimate, you can better plan for reaching the outcome you want.