Unfortunately some disputes cannot be resolved amicably. In those cases Santanasto Law is prepared to take the necessary steps to represent your interests before the Courts. Litigation can be costly but sometimes the only way to resolve disputes.

Example of litigation matters handled by Santanasto Law:

  • Contract Disputes
  • Corporate Disputes
  • Corporate Dissolution
  • Business Disputes
  • Fiduciary Disputes
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Real Estate Partition
  • Real Estate Land Development
  • Zoning
  • Construction
  • Insurance
  • Commercial Collections
  • Homeowner Defense
  • Protection from Abuse
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Child Support
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Alimony
  • Name Change
  • Trip and Fall
  • Slip and Fall
  • Motor Vehicle Accident
  • Dog Bite

For Trust and Estate, Guardianship and Adoption related matters please see our Orphans’ Court practice area. If it is a practice area we cover we will see you through the litigation aspects of your case.

Common Questions About Civil Litigation

What is a civil litigation?

Civil litigation is a very broad term.  It includes landlord-tenant disputes, breach of contract, employment and wage claims, construction disputes, personal injury claims, workers compensation, education law.  Civil litigation is not criminal.  Criminal law involves the state prosecuting people for breaking laws. 

What does a civil attorney do?

 A civil litigation attorney represents the client through their dispute.  Some cases can be resolved without filing a lawsuit.  If that is not possible, the attorney will file the appropriate claim or complaint or defend the case by filing the proper pleadings.  There is a pre-trial period when the parties exchange information and the parties are deposed; this is called discovery.  When appropriate, motions will be presented to the court. Eventually, a case will make its way to mediation, arbitration, or trial.

Do you need a lawyer in a civil suit?

It is very rare that an unrepresented party will have a positive outcome.  An unrepresented party is expected to follow all the rules that attorneys follow and be able to present their case. 

Why should I hire a lawyer in a lawsuit?

Lawyers are trained and experienced in the law.  If you are sued, you and your assets may be at risk to money judgments.  If you have a claim, you want to make sure you are making the right claim.  Lawyers analyze the facts and know-how to prepare a case for negotiations, settlement, or trial.