When is a Litigation Support Specialist Needed for Companies and Law Firms?
Legal affairs involving law firms and companies often require the assistance of a litigation support specialist. But how do you know when you absolutely need the litigation support services?
First off, it is good to know what litigation support services are used for. Litigation support services often help law firms and counsels with complex legal proceedings. If the legal proceedings involve specialized knowledge in a particular industry unfamiliar to the law firm or company involved, a litigation support specialist can come in and use their specialized knowledge to make the facts of the case more comprehensible to everyone involved, judge and jury included. How do you know that your particular litigation is too complex? Here are a few indications that your litigation could benefit from litigation support services.
Are there numerous witnesses involved in the case? In class action lawsuits and other cases that involve hundreds of eyewitness, litigation support is often required. If the law firm needs to depose a large list of eyewitnesses, it is often impossible to get this done before the proceedings. In situations like this, there are court reporting agencies that can provide legal staff for support. A court reporting agency can assist with depositions and the organizing of case information with the help of additional attorneys and administrative staff employed by the agency.
In a similar way that you may not have enough time to depose witnesses, there simply may not be enough time to prepare a strategy for the case. If the court assigns a schedule to attorneys that offer little time for the examination of evidence and accurate case strategy, a litigation support specialist would come in particularly handy. An additional person on the case to analyze information and prepare strategy would be a huge factor in a win or a loss.
While attorneys have an extensive knowledge of the law and how to interpret it, they may not have the knowledge of specialized areas in particular industries. When cases force lawyers to interpret data that is out of their scope, the help of a litigation support specialist with the knowledge in that specialized area would be particularly helpful. Litigation support specialists can help interpret, organize, and present data in specialized areas in a way for everyone in the case to understand.
If you need litigation support for banking or financial case, then you will want someone with the knowledge and experience in finance and banking, both in and out of court. Michael F. Richards is a qualified financial expert witness and litigation support specialist that has been offering consulting services on court cases since 2009. Contact him today at (406-581-8797).