Filing a lawsuit is a serious decision that should never be undertaken lightly. Many people don't consider the facts of lawsuits before heading to their local courthouse to file, and when the process actually starts, they discover themselves lost. Here are some basic steps to consider before filing a lawsuit.

1. Ask yourself if you have a good case

            A very important step to take before filing is evaluating whether or not you have a valid case. Take some time and consider your case; is it worth? Can you win? Moreover even if you win is it worth the money, energy and time? Will it damage your reputation?

2. Research the theories of law

                  Take some time and do research on the theories of law and see if it supports your theories and under which your lawsuit will be filed. Consult an attorney before fill the suit to see if you have a legal basis to start a civil case. The attorney might suggest you on how and whether to proceed with the lawsuit.

3. List the Evidence

                      Collect all of the necessary evidence you will use, such as documents, writings, objects, records, photographs, and so on to see if you can meet the burden of proof. If there are witnesses, contact all the witness and find out if they will be willing to testify on your behalf.

4. Think about whether you'll Be Able to Collect 

                    It does not mean that you will ever collect just because a judgment is entered in your favor. Examine the person you wish to sue to find out what types of assets they have to satisfy any judgment you might receive. For instance, suing a person for one million dollars when their annual salary doesn't exceed $20,000 means you won't ever collect.

5. Make a Reasonable attempt to Settle With the Defendant

                   Until you have made reasonable attempt to settle with the defendant many states will not allow you to file a lawsuit. The Laws differ from state to state, but it is a fine idea to contact the defendant before filing a lawsuit. If there is any other way to dispute other than by filing a lawsuit then talk to the other party and come to an agreement.