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Litigation is the traditional legal method of dispute resolution. Legally defined, it is a contest authorized by law, in a court of justice, for the purpose of enforcing a right. Litigation is by its nature an adversarial process in which parties lay forth positions along with the facts, statutes, case law, or public policy that would support that position. Attorneys negotiate on behalf of their clients. Failure to agree can result in hearings to resolve interim issues. To protect client interests attorneys engage in a discovery process which can include serving interrogatories, taking deposition, and subpoenaing records. In the case of divorce or domestic partnership, the current trial date is approximately 11 months after the filing of a petition. Most litigated cases in Washington settle short of trial.

 


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