Legal-Ease: Lawsuits often involve work after the case is closed

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

Lawsuits between people or businesses are referred to as “civil” lawsuits. Civil lawsuits normally include two requests from the plaintiff. First, the plaintiff wants the court to determine that the defendant made a mistake. Second, the plaintiff wants the court to define what the defendant owes the plaintiff to fix the harm caused. Once the court makes these decisions, the court usually closes the civil lawsuit. But after the court closes the lawsuit, the creditor is responsible to actually get the money that is owed to the creditor from the debtor in the civil lawsuit.

Lawsuits between or among people or businesses are called “civil” lawsuits, even though the participants in such lawsuits are not always civil to each other. Each of the participants in civil lawsuits is called a “party.”

A civil lawsuit usually boils down to two requests initiated by the plaintiff. First, a plaintiff wants a court determination that the defendant made some mistake, violated some right or harmed the plaintiff in some way.

Read more about civil lawsuits and the work that comes after the case is closed in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Lawsuits often involve work after the case is closed Source:, “Legal-Ease: Lawsuits often involve work after the case is closed,” by Lee R. Schroeder, September 5, 2015

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