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Tips to Avoiding Common Business Litigation Mistakes in Kansas City

Most people are in business simply to make a profit. Mistakes in business not only cost money but also time - and time, as they say, is money. If your company is facing a problem, whether it is with a supplier, supplier or others, you may be wondering if litigation will be necessary. The last thing you want is for mistakes in litigation to cost your business money. In order to avoiding doing so, consider these tips:

1) Select the correct attorney: In order to run a successful business, you need to work with the best people to help you. Choosing the right attorney is no different. Only an experienced business litigation attorney can examine the facts of your case and provide you a complete analysis of the situation. Don't make the mistake of hiring the attorney who drafted your will when he does not regularly handle business matters - much less litigation.

2) Be open and honest with your attorney: Clients sometimes make the mistake of not providing their attorney with all of the facts related to their case. This can spell trouble. An attorney without the necessary facts cannot adequately advise a client as to the full scope of his or her options. Clients often hide what they believe are the "bad" facts or those that he or she thinks will hurt the case. A skilled business litigation attorney however, can develop strategies to deal with bad facts and mitigate the negative effects that they will have on your case. You do not want to put your attorney in a position where he is ambushed by the opposing attorney in front of the Judge. With that being said, always be open, honest and forthcoming with information in your case.

3) Take a proactive stance: It is always a good idea to involve an attorney as soon as you realize there may be a problem. For example, if your company orders widgets from Supplier and the widgets arrive on time but are the wrong color, you know at that point, that you have a problem. Clients often seek the advice of an attorney only after they receive notice of the lawsuit being filed against their company. By this time, each party may be entrenched in their respective positions and what might have been a simple matter is now much more complicated and expensive.

4) Keep proper documentation: Your attorney will want to review all of the documents you have regarding your case. Therefore, it is important that you keep detailed records or notes concerning each and every contact that you have with the other party, including electronic communications.

5) Watch your language: Make sure that your communications with the other party are clear and do not make any concessions. Any facts that you admit are facts that the other party will not have to prove and also, may use against you.

6) Try to keep your emotions in check: If your company is being sued, it is easy to become angry and allow your emotions to take over. You must remember from time to time to take a step back and approach the process as a business person. Although you may love to experience victory in the courtroom, it may be more wise to enter into a settlement agreement. Most often fighting "on principle" is not the best option. This is often a costly venture. On the other hand, you do not want to rush into a settlement just because you are apprehensive about litigation. This is where you can take great peace of mind in knowing that you hired an experienced business litigation attorney who will get you through the process.

If your company is facing litigation, it is critical that you work with an experienced business litigation attorney. I invite you to contact my office at 913-498-1911 to schedule a free confidential consultation. For over two decades, I have provided litigation services to all types of business clients. Only an experienced business litigation attorney can adequately advise you on the law and protect your company.

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