Just in case you do, the same book could also be your guide.
To borrow a popular ad slogan: You have questions. Rosenthal’s “Preventing, Preparing, Pursuing” has got answers.
“In my view, the vast majority of litigants in small claims court can avoid the dispute that brought them to the courthouse,” Rosenthal said.
“(But), even people with the best of intentions of avoiding conflict find that they have exhausted every avenue toward resolution and find themselves headed to court as a plaintiff or defendant in a lawsuit.”
Rosenthal’s comprehensive reader is billed as a how-to aimed at helping the average person navigate the realities of each of the aforementioned paths.
He certainly has the know-how.
Rosenthal’s pen is informed by the 350 mediation cases he has conducted for the Cobb County Magistrate Court. His credentials to speak authoritatively and definitively on the matters at hand are further solidified by the 25-plus years he has served the State Bar of Georgia as a non-attorney fee arbitrator.
Using accessible language — no intimidating legalese — Rosenthal paints a portrait of contemporary litigious situations and courtroom nuance with vivid detail.
“What I want the average person to take away from it is to (recognize how) to be in position to avoid conflict when engaging somebody to do business, or, if they find themselves in a conflict, how to resolve it before it gets out of hand and they wind up suing somebody or getting sued,” said Rosenthal.
“Secondarily, if all else fails, I want the average person to be better prepared to go to court.”
Because the maximum damages one can seek in Georgia’s magistrate courts is $15,000, most parties opt to represent themselves as opposed to hiring an attorney.
“Lack of proper legal filings, the inability to produce the appropriate evidence and not understanding courtroom procedures are litigants’ worst enemies,” Rosenthal said. “The mistakes are very costly to parties who otherwise could have prevailed …”
“Preventing, Preparing, Pursuing” also features a dose of insight-laden commentary, including a discussion on how to make the right choices of which companies or individuals with whom to do business.