When a dispute arises between neighbors, landlords and tenants, business partners, or other parties who do not need or want a drawn out legal battle, mediation is a good way to handle the issue. In mediation, the parties choose to work together to find a viable solution satisfactory to everyone.
It is not necessary to be represented by a lawyer when entering mediation. However, consulting with a Houston lawyer who believes in the mediation process can be beneficial by serving as your mediation coach, avoid legal issues from cropping up later, and by protecting your rights.
No matter what your legal issue may be, it is always best to seek legal help early in the process. An attorney can help secure what is likely to be the best possible outcome for your situation and avoid both unnecessary complications or errors.
An attorney consultation should provide you with enough information so that you can make an informed decision on whether to proceed with legal help.
For most consumer legal issues, the size of the practice is much less important than the experience, competence, and reputation of the attorney(s) handling your case. Among the most important factors when choosing an attorney are your comfort level with the attorney or practice and the attorney's track record in bringing about quick, successful resolutions to cases similar to yours.
Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.
Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.
Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.
Lead Counsel's objective process independently verifies attorney records, conferring with state bars across the country and conducting annual reviews to confirm that the attorney practices in the legal categories as indicated, possesses a valid bar license, and is eligible to practice in the specific jurisdiction.