An important aspect of your case is that the timing of a lawsuit can be difficult to predict. It depends on many things, including actions the defendant takes, court schedules, and the decisions you make. A lawsuit could take up to 2 years or longer to settle or can go to trial. It can take less time too, though. Most lawsuits go through the same basic steps, although not always in the same order. Some lawsuits skip some steps, and some steps are repeated many times over. At Dick Byl Law Corporation, we have listed some main steps that occur and will give you a general idea of what to expect in your legal service. You may also refer to the "Wit and Wisdom" page on our website for more information on various topics related to family and personal injury law.