Civil Claims, Trials & Mediation
Civil disagreements and disputes arise in a variety of ways. Many are resolved informally. Largay Law Offices, P.A. successfully negotiated settlements and resolutions for people and businesses in thousands of matters. We put together a negotiation team with enough talent and experience to evaluate the matter. Then, we attempt to solve the problems before the civil dispute becomes a court case.
Most civil cases filed in a court of law are settled without the necessity and expense of a bench (judge-only) or jury trial. The State of Maine implemented mandatory methods of resolving disputes outside of the courtroom. Our attorneys use every opportunity and process available to the Client in a good-faith effort to resolve the case or claim.
Our lawyers know civil law
For those matters not easily resolved through facilitation, compromise, or negotiation, it is crucial to retain aggressive, effective, and experienced counsel. We investigate the facts and do our homework. Whether in a local, state, or federal forum, we know our way inside the labyrinth of state agencies, municipalities, and courtrooms. We file cases and complaints, respond to lawsuits, and prosecute appeals as necessary and appropriate for the particular situation.
Administrative, Board, & Agency Representation
The State of Maine has over 100 separate agencies, boards, commissions, and departments. Examples include the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, Board of Motor Vehicles, Real Estate Commission, Board of Appraisers, Appraisal Review, and the Human Rights Commission. Each entity follows the Administrative Procedure Act. Each also has its own rules and regulations.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) – Mediation & Arbitration
There are three methods of resolving disputes that serve as alternatives to the court process.
These methods include:
- Early Neutral Evaluation
Although the implementation and structure of each method can be different, the goal is the same, Dispute Resolution. In Mediation, all parties and their representatives meet with a neutral third party (the “Mediator”) who listens to the parties’ concerns and attempts to work out an agreement.
Arbitration involves presenting documents and testimony to an Arbitrator who makes a final decision, usually in writing. Early Neutral Evaluation is when a neutral third party (the “Neutral”) listens to a presentation by the parties or their advocates. They analyze the pros and cons to evaluate the merits of each position.
Arbitration is binding
Mediation and Early Neutral Evaluation are generally non-binding. The selection of the Mediator, Neutral, or Arbitrator is usually based on the input from each party and their attorney. These independent or neutral third parties include experienced attorneys, retired Judges, and sometimes other specialists.
Many contracts today, such as mortgages and insurance policies, contain Arbitration Clauses that impose an obligation to participate in and settle disagreements without resort to the Courts. The Courts increasingly favor and require the parties to attempt to resolve their disputes.
Broker-Realtor Commission Issues
Real Estate transactions often involve the listing, leasing, or selling of property by a licensed real estate broker. Differences often arise as to the Realtor’s representation of the homeowner or buyer or the amount of the commission owed. The firm has represented dozens of buyers, sellers, and real estate brokers. It has an excellent track record of successfully resolving these types of disputes.
Business & Contract Disputes
At the heart of every business transaction is an Agreement or Contract. These may be oral, implied by the conduct of the parties, or expressed in writing. The Maine Legislature has passed many laws dealing with various types of contracts.
Maine’s Courts have developed a body of case law that interprets parties’ rights in different contractual situations and scenarios. Our lawyers are adept at researching the statutes and cases that dictate how a given Agreement or Contract is performed.
Trials are held in both the 50+ local District and 16 County Superior Courts and one of two Federal Districts in Maine. Trials actually result from a lengthy, sometimes complex process involving lawsuit filing, the discovery of information and investigation, and ultimately the presentation of the case before a Judge or Jury.
The lawyers at Largay Law Offices, P.A. are familiar with the Maine and Federal Rules of Court and Evidence, the applicable Statutes and Caselaw, and the Judges and Jury-selection processes involved in putting together a successful civil bench or jury trial.
Corporate, Partnership, & Shareholder Litigation
The owners, shareholders, and officers of corporations, limited liability companies, non-profits, and partnerships may sometimes disagree on important matters about an entity’s finances, governance, or operations. Wise clients select lawyers who are experienced and adept at understanding the nuances and issues that led to the business problems that have arisen.
Our lawyers have successfully litigated several such business disputes. A good business trial lawyer has to understand the business first. We strive to educate ourselves about your business.
Evictions & Landlord-Tenant Disputes
An eviction is a legal proceeding initiated by a landlord to recover possession of the property. This is a complex area of the law. Our law firm recommends that landlords or tenants seek experienced legal counsel.
Foreclosure Actions & Foreclosure Defenses
Our firm works on various business matters, including Foreclosures, Commercial Evictions, and Commercial Collections.
Insurance Claims, Disputes, & Issues
Experience counts in dealing with Insurance Claims and Disputes. Largay Law has handled hundreds of these claims. Let us review your Insurance Claim or Dispute to see if negotiation or litigation may be right for you and your claim.
After trying several hundred motions, bench trials, and jury trials, and arguing cases before the Maine Supreme Court, Attorney Largay is offering his legal expertise, knowledge, and negotiating talents to select attorneys, law firms, insurance companies, and unrepresented parties to assist them in resolving disagreements and disputes.
Mediations may be held at our firm’s convenient, comfortable and custom-designed offices. Every effort is made to let the parties’ voices be heard and resolve their differences with minimal conflict and expense.
Municipal Boards & Bodies
Cities and Towns adopt unique ordinances that define how a person or company may use their property within that municipality. Our legal practice in this area is diverse.
Personal injury claims and lawsuits arise when people are injured by the careless, reckless, or intentional acts of others or injured by products that are defective in some way. The attorneys of Largay Law Offices, P.A. have specialized in personal injury law for a collective period of over 25 years.
Professional Liability & Malpractice
If you or a loved one believes that an injury may have been caused through Medical Malpractice, or have questions about past care, medical treatment, or a healthcare outcome, contact us.
Real Estate & Land Use Disputes
Largay Law Offices, P.A. provides legal services for almost every conceivable type of real estate matter. Our clients include everyone from the first-time home-buyer to the sophisticated real estate developer. The firm has handled thousands of real estate transactions.
Small Claims Cases
Maine’s Small Claims Court’s jurisdictional limit is $6,000. We’ve negotiated and tried cases of every nature.
Victim’s Rights Advocacy & Litigation
At Largay Law Offices, P.A, our 25+ combined years of legal experience in researching, analyzing, framing, drafting, filing, serving, demanding, advocating, negotiating, arguing motions and appeals, and trying cases put us at the top of the list for successful client outcomes. Our clients matter most to us. Let us demonstrate success by handling your matter.
Largay Law represents clients in all 16 counties throughout the entire State of Maine and in several other jurisdictions where we routinely secure the expertise of local counsel to assist on issues particular to that state. Our attorneys are admitted to practice before Maine’s District Court, all County Superior Courts, the Federal District Court of Maine, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, Massachusetts. Our attorneys are all licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
LLO represents Plaintiff-Claimants and Defendant-Respondents. The mix varies, but historically the firm has been plaintiff-oriented. Prior to forming Largay Law Offices, P.A., Attorney Largay worked his first five years in the legal profession as an Associate Attorney and Satellite Office Manager for a larger law firm handling a wide variety of work – business, civil criminal, medical malpractice, and products liability cases.
The civil defense work we handle generally comes from the 85+ corporations and LLC’s that we have formed and for which Attorney Largay serves as Legal Clerk or Registered Agent, plus a few select companies we agree to represent because of the legal issue, our expertise, or other special considerations, such as a personal referral from a valued LLO Client or another lawyer or law firm.
LLO’S CORPORATE CLIENT ENTITIES OPERATE IN THE FOLLOWING INDUSTRIES:
- Financial – Banks, Private Lenders, Mortgage Brokers Services Financial Planners, Accountancy Firms, Securities Brokers, Consultants, and Finance Companies
- Real Estate – Agencies, Brokerage, Agents, Surveyors, Engineers,
- Insurance – Insurance Agencies, Insurance Companies, Agents.
- Construction – All Trades, including Electricians, Plumbers, Carpenters, Asphalt, Concrete Manufacturers, Distributors, Installers, Builders, Constructors, Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Landscape Engineers, and Contractors.
- Hospitality – Hotel, Restaurant, and Various Franchises.
- Retail – Clothing, Bike Sales, Repair, Wireless Phones, and Coffee.
- Healthcare – Traditional Medical Practices, Alternative Methods, Counselors, Physical and Massage Therapy Practices.
Over the past 10 years, the overwhelming success with the plaintiff’s practice and defense of our corporate clients has led to inquires from other corporate defendants and insurance companies requesting our expertise and assistance on select matters. Understanding both sides is crucial to a well-rounded analysis of the case.
Solid, effective representation of our clients, the firm has accepted these new challenges. We commence and defend against lawsuits in nearly every area of law imaginable in addition to any conceivable issue that arises in any of the Client Industries listed.
We aggressively enter the fray in these areas:
- Personal Injury, Auto Accidents, and Medical Malpractice.
- Insurance Claims – Denials, Coverage Disputes, Underinsured Claims.
- Breach of Contracts – Service, Retail, Construction, Supply, Loan, etc.
- Property Issues – Damage, Trespass, Adverse Possession, Easement Claims.
- Corporate/Business – Partnership & Corporate Stock/LLC Member Disputes.
- Business Torts – Fraud/Deceit, Civil Theft, Embezzlement, Defamation & Slander.
- Equitable Theories – Unjust Enrichment, Quantum Meruit, Petitions.
- Probate & Will Contests – Guardianships, Fiduciary Malfeasance, etc.
- Misrepresentation – False/Misleading Statements in Business or Property
- Professional Liability/Malpractice – Grievances, Violations of Standards of Care.
- Criminal Defense – State & Federal Assault, OUI, Property, Drug, and most crimes.
- And an entire caseload of other matters – call for a Consultation!
Our litigation specialists’ trial skills and practical experience can help bring satisfactory conclusions to your lawsuit without incurring unreasonable costs. We recognize your concern regarding the expense of litigation and our civil litigation attorneys and staff consistently strive for efficiency.
In doing so, we consider ways to expedite the resolution of disputes, such as through Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) procedures, including voluntary mediation, early neutral evaluation, arbitration, use of referees, judicial settlement conferences, and summary jury trials.
Early in the litigation process, we provide you with a complete assessment of your case so you can make informed decisions on how to proceed. Most important, even before litigation begins, we address ways to resolve disputes without resorting to going to court.
If a matter does proceed to litigation, we keep in close contact and update you as developments occur. We review Active Cases monthly. We encourage clients to set up office or telephone appointments for status information and case inquiries.
Personal Injury cases
Personal injury cases can be difficult for both the injured party and their loved ones. Insurance companies try to limit exposure when a serious injury occurs and often hire attorneys who attack every aspect of an injured person’s claim. The experience of our civil litigation attorneys familiarized us with such tactics. We developed strategies designed to protect the economic rights and health of our clients.
If you, your business, or a client, family member, or friend is considering or has already filed or been brought into litigation involving an accident, contract, real estate, or another matter listed above – or a novel or unusual case – please feel free to contact us to discuss possible solutions and a litigation strategy to bring you the best results through Teamwork and Technology.
LARGAY LAW OFFICES, P.A. offers convenient options for personal consultations with our Attorney-Counselors, a Litigation Team, Trained Paralegals, or our Maine Medico-Legal Consultancy Group.
We offer Office Meetings in Bangor, Old Town, and Ellsworth, Maine. Through our office, we offer Telephonic Consultations worldwide. We offer web-based, Video Conferences worldwide thru Skype.com.