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Civil law is a very generic term for civil litigation. Civil litigation can involve anything from getting into a car accident to breach of contract. As a civil litigation attorney, I mainly focus on foreclosure defense and breaches of contract.
A breach of contract means if you enter into a contract with someone to do some kind of work and they do not do the work that was agreed upon, you can sue them for damages, what it cost to replace or perform the duties initially requested in the contract, or for what they did not pay for services that you rendered for them according to the contract.
In breach of contract civil litigation, there will be a civil trial, and a jury will hear the case. All the rules of evidence will apply, and therefore your interest may be best served by seeking legal counsel with experience with discovery, all the rules of evidence, and someone that has presented civil litigation cases in front of a jury.
Civil litigation in a foreclosure is when the bank or homeowner’s association tries to say you did not pay your mortgage or pay your homeowner's association dues, and through civil litigation try to take your home. There is a whole special court set up for home foreclosures civil litigation. In foreclosure civil litigation there will be no jury present, the case will be heard by a judge.