Law Office of Driggs Bills & Day - January 2018

Is My Case Headed to Court?

HOW TO PREDICT WHERE YOUR CASE IS GOING

Whether a case ends up in court or not depends on a multitude of factors. If you’ve worked with any attorney, they’ve probably stated the best outcome for your case is to settle out of court and avoid any litigation. This speeds up the process and provides the client with the most cost-effective way to approach their problem. With this being said, the ability to settle outside of court really comes down to the facts, the liability, and the evidence. Facts The true events in a given situation are a major hinge in whether or not your case will settle outside of court or go before a judge. If you and the other party agree on the facts of what happened, your odds of settling out of court increase drastically. On the other hand, if you disagree on the events, you are much more likely to end up in a courtroom. He Said, She Said Finding out who is liable is another key to whether or not a case is likely to settle. Defining fault greatly increases the likelihood of a settlement, instead of going to court. If fault is both defined and agreed

upon, then a settlement is even more feasible. If both parties don’t agree on liability or they can’t define it, then many cases will require a judge or jury to decide. Follow the Evidence The last factor lies with the evidence. If there is a mountain of evidence pointing one direction, then that party is more than likely going to attempt to settle. If the evidence is more

ambiguous, or if there is a split in how it can be interpreted, then a day in court may be in the cards. A detailed breakdown of these three areas by your attorney will let you know if your case

is headed to trial or if a settlement is the best option for you.

WORK it OUT

Leftover Turkey Ramen

(Recipe inspired by TheWoksOfLife.com.)

Ingredients

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1 leftover turkey carcass

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4 eggs

6 scallions, divided

4 ounces bacon

8 slices ginger

4 portions fresh, not instant, ramen noodles 2 cups leftover turkey, shredded

6 dried shiitake mushrooms

16 cups water

Instructions

1. Remove most of the meat from the turkey carcass, shred, and set aside. Put carcass in a large stockpot, along with 3 scallions, ginger, mushrooms, and water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 3 hours. 2. Place eggs in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then immediately remove pot from heat and let sit for 4 minutes. Transfer eggs to an ice bath to cool.

3. Cook bacon until crisp. Drain, chop, and set aside. Chop remaining scallions. 4. Once the broth is done

simmering, prepare the fresh noodles according to package directions. Divide noodles among 4 bowls and cover with broth. Add shredded turkey, chopped scallions, chopped bacon, and an egg to each bowl.

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