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 [email protected] 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.
Although anyone can technically sue anybody else for any reason, it’s a complicated process that should be thought over extensively before undertaking. There are several different types of lawsuits involving both individuals and companies, and knowing what to expect from each can be beneficial for all parties involved.
My clients never ask me if they can sue or be sued for something. They know my response: “Anyone can usually sue anybody for anything.” The question is whether a person can prevail if that person sues someone else.
For all lawsuits between people other than for crimes (lawsuits for criminal conduct are initiated by the government), what people ask for in those lawsuits is called the “relief.” Relief usually falls into two categories: The return or delivery of some specific piece of property or for money. If at all possible, the law tries to give all properties some equivalent monetary values because money is easy to quantify, and its payment is easy to confirm. Therefore, the relief that people receive from lawsuits is usually money.
Read Lee’s full article on civil lawsuits in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Whom should I sue, and for what?