Is Your Debt Collection Case Going to Trial?
Are you having a hard time settling your case?
Are you worried about going to trial?
Contact Muller, Muller, Richmond, & Harms, P.C. to help you today! Our team of professional, aggressive and result-minded attorneys is determined to successfully collect your debts. Since 1961, our top-rated attorneys have handled debt collections in Michigan.
If your case doesn’t settle, the judge sets it for trial. Your trial can take one of two forms:
Bench trial: You try the case before a judge alone. All arguments are addressed to the judge, who makes all decisions, both of law and fact. At the conclusion of the case, the judge makes a decision, often supported by a document formally reciting their findings of fact and conclusions of law. A bench trial is also called a non-jury trial.
Jury trial: In a jury trial, the judge decides questions of law, such as deciding the parties’ motions and resolving objections to questions or evidence, and instructs the jury about what the law means. The jury decides the facts and, at the end of the trial, renders a decision.
Juries aren’t available in small claims court, but for most other cases you can request to go to trial with or without a jury. You must formally request a jury in your complaint and pay a jury fee when you file your complaint. You may be able to request a jury later, but make sure you know the deadline. If you don’t request a jury for a matter eligible to be tried by a jury, the defendant can request one. Keep in mind that jury trials are more complex to handle than bench trials.
Know the expectations of court, particularly if you’re in a regular trial court. A regular trial court may expect you to file a lot of documents:
- You’ll likely have to file witness and exhibit lists and other documents well before trial.
- The court may request a trial brief – a summary of the facts of your case and the law you intend to rely on in court.
- After a bench trial, the court may ask you to submit findings of facts and conclusions of law, describing that conclusions you want the court to reach regarding what happened and why your side should win under the law.
Need Help Creating a Debt Collection Strategy?
At Muller Law Firm, we use strategy development as part of the pre-suit process to make sure that all aspects of your debt collection are well thought out.
In order to collect on a debt, you need to be able to identify exactly who your debtor is –a partnership, corporation or a limited liability company. This is not always easy! This process can be long and complicated, especially if your debtor is using multiple names and/or locations.
Hire a Michigan Debt Collection Attorney Today!
When you hire one of our debt collection attorneys to take your case, we’ll ease your stress by developing a strategy that works best for your unique case. An in-depth analysis and investigation of the facts will help us determine your options.
To protect your creditors’ rights, contact an experienced attorney for debt collection in Michigan today at (248) 645-2440 for an effective resolution to your collection matters. Let the experts worry about your collections, so you have more time to focus on growing your business.