Working with you to achieve your best possible outcome.
Civil litigation encompasses non-criminal disputes between two or more parties that seek money damages or some specific performance. We’re committed to understanding your goals for your situation, and focusing our efforts to achieve them.
Our civil litigation lawyers work with individuals, trusts and private corporations before State and Federal courts, agencies, and in mediation, arbitration, and the collaborative law process.
Litigation is a broad term, but many of our cases fall into the categories below:
- Civil Rights
- Contract Disputes
- Personal Injury
- Partnership, Joint Venture
- Labor & Employment
- Real Estate
- Insurance Litigation
- Probate and Estates, including will contests
- Fiduciary Liability
- Mortgage foreclosure
- Creditor’s Rights
The Traditional Model
Imagine you are involved in a legal dispute, or perhaps you don’t need to imagine because it’s already underway. If someone asked you how you would prefer to handle your lawsuit, would you say you want it to be really expensive and drag on forever? Would you ask your lawyers to charge for small nuggets of time for every aspect of your case?
Probably not – but traditionally those are the “hallmarks” of the civil justice system. Doesn’t sound that appealing, does it?
With hourly billing, the economic incentive at law firms, especially larger firms, is to bill more hours so partners take home huge sums of money – your money. Lawyers are under pressure to bill and bill. Reports and articles have explored the unattractive elephant in the (conference) room – inflated billing is commonplace at larger firms so associates can meet ridiculously high billable hour requirements. If lawyers don’t meet these astronomical billing requirements, then they lose their big bonuses.
At Next Phase Legal, we think there is a better way.
Across the country, contemporary law firms are changing their approach while traditionalists cling to the side of the life-raft. Status-quo no longer cuts it for many clients – and for attorneys that have the courage to admit the battlefield tactics surrounding traditional litigation oftentimes don’t serve the interests of clients.
Creative approaches to problem solving can yield better results, and do so less expensively. Does this modern approach mean that lawyers are soft or lack a backbone? Of course not.
There are a range of ways to advocate for clients, and we think failing to consider all options is a mistake. When a tough approach is required, perhaps because the other side has adopted an unreasonable position and negotiations stall, then you want your lawyers to be skilled in and out of the courtroom. They should be effective in different arenas, including alternative dispute resolution and trial work if necessary.
Modern Approaches to Litigation Fees
Alternatives to hourly billing exist, and we’re not afraid to use them in many situations. Fees based upon the various stages of your case can provide peace of mind and provide structure. For less complex matters, a single flat fee may be a good option. Are therecircumstances where traditional hourly billing is the best option? Yes, but the difference is that we’ll talk with you about what makes sense for you and your situation, and then come up with a workable plan and get to work.
Civil litigation lawyers and mediators serving the Boston metro area, including Medfield, Walpole, Franklin, Westwood, Norwood, Dover, Millis, Medway, Dedham, Wellesley, and Canton, MA.