You want to win big in court. Guess what – so does the other side! They may not have your tools, though.
When you go to court, you have only one thing you want at the end of the case – a court order.
Everything else is fluff and filling. If you go into court with a complaint against your neighbor and you spend a lot of time talking about the angry looks he gave you while you walked your dog or his pot shots at your kids when they went past his property, if these are not part of your petition, you are setting yourself up to lose.
You need to keep your eye on the ball, so to speak.
A complaint in law has certain specifications identified in the law. For instance, if you want to bring a complaint regarding someone taking your property and using it as though it was his own and preventing you from using it, which materially affected you so you can set a monetary value to the damages, this is called “conversion.”
To prove conversion in court, you must establish that the property is yours, that the property was deliberately taken and used by the defendant, that you were deprived of the property and its use, and this deprivation was damaging to you. These four elements must be present to prove your case.
If you go to court and instead spend all your time talking about how rude the guy was, but do not prove either that the property was yours or that he refused to allow you the use of it, you have wasted your time in court and he could very well win this case. All he really has to do is deny your allegation and the burden of proof is …Read more