Wellington Civil Appeal Attorney
If one takes the time to go to court over a specific matter, it can be tempting to try and appeal no matter what if the eventual verdict does not go your way. However, there are times when the evidence to prevail in your case is simply not present, and it takes a knowledgeable assessor to be able to read a situation and come to that conclusion. Contacting an experienced Wellington civil appeal attorney before deciding whether or not to mount an appeal in civil litigation can save you considerable time and trouble in the long run.
Harmful Or Harmless Error?
The key determiner in whether or not one should appeal an adverse civil verdict is whether or not one can pinpoint error in the court’s decision, and if so, whether that error was harmful or not. Judges and jurors are human, and do make mistakes, especially in such a complex arena as civil law. However, if the mistake could conceivably have changed the outcome of the trial, then that mistake is not harmless error, and an appeal should be mounted.
It can sometimes be difficult to tell whether or not an error is harmless. While there is no hard and fast rule, there are things to look for to make such a determination. For example, if certain evidence was excluded, it might be harmful error if it was the only piece of evidence which supported your position. If there was other evidence or testimony permitted to establish the same facts, the error was likely harmless because you were still permitted to show the points you wanted to show. The important thing to do is assess the error in light of the big picture, which is something that laypeople cannot always do.
Specific Case Aspects Require Experience
While some civil appeals are easier to win than others, it can be very difficult and complex to prevail on an appeal based in business law, especially if very specific points of law are at issue. Some attorneys may be well versed in general civil appellate procedure, but lack understanding of your business’s specific needs. For example, businesses dealing with federal regulatory issues under laws like the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) may require the ability to assess both practical and policy considerations.
It is important to the health of your business that you have an attorney on your side who understands what you need. This extends to ethical matters as well – for example, being able to interact with any previous attorneys you may have used and being able to maintain a working relationship with them if need be. A good appellate attorney must be able to understand the nature of the initial court proceeding and be able to get information from any previous attorneys, so as to ensure that the appropriate points are brought up before the court on appeal.
Enlist Experienced Legal Help For Your Civil Appeal
If you are in need of an appellate attorney, very often time is of the essence, and thus you need someone who can hit the proverbial ground running. Our business-minded civil appeal attorneys at Markarian & Hayes are happy to work with you to obtain the fairest result possible. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We serve Wellington, Vero Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.