Lawyer vs. Litigator: what’s the difference?
The terms lawyer and attorney are synonymous titles to describe a professional who has achieved the proper level of education to advise on legal matters or represent others in a court of law. There are a wide variety of law specialties such as estate planning, tax, divorce, personal injury, corporate, immigration, bankruptcy, medical malpractice, criminal and many more.
Conversely, a litigator (often referred to as a trial lawyer) is type of lawyer that handles the litigation process in civil cases. Litigation refers to the process of taking legal action against another person, group or business to solve a dispute. Litigators can represent either defendants or plaintiffs and often spend time arguing cases in the courtroom. The process can include investigation, trials, settlements, appeals and more. Not all litigation will end up in court, but a litigator is well prepared to handle this legal process when necessary.
If you find yourself in need of a lawyer, it is best to find a lawyer that has extensive experience in the area of your need to represent you in the best manner possible. Take, for example, the estate planning process. An estate planning lawyer can help you draft a will, trust, powers of attorney, living will and other essential documents to protect your estate and provide for your family after your death. This type of lawyer will be current on any changes in law that could affect you, strengthening the argument to seek out a specialist.
Unfortunately, there is no way to know how a person’s death will affect your surviving family members. If the family you leave behind has complicated relationships, there could very well be disputes that lead to family infighting over inheritance or simple possessions for which someone may have an emotional attachment. In these cases, estate litigation may be necessary. The original estate planning lawyer may or may not be well versed in litigation processes and you may need to hire an estate litigation lawyer to analyze the situation, identify solutions and advocate for the rights of the beneficiaries. Sometimes these cases end up in the courtroom or they may be handled during a mediation conference.
The Denver estate lawyers at Brown & Crona, LLC have the education and experience to handle any type of estate and trust litigation, probate litigation, guardianship/conservatorship litigation and estate planning. Their experience runs from will or trust drafting all the way to the courtroom so you can rest assured you are in good hands. They will work hard to keep your case out of the courtroom if possible and move the litigation process along in a timely manner.
- Nicole Economy Brown: Colorado estate planning, estate and trust administration
- Spencer J. Crona: Colorado probate, estate and trust ligation
- Sherene Stenger: Estate planning, probate administration, probate litigation
If you are looking for a great Denver will lawyer or Colorado estate litigator, contact the team at Brown & Crona, LLC today to discuss your unique situation and learn your options. Call (303) 339-3750 or send us a message online.