Civil Litigation

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Civil Litigation

Michigan Civil Litigation Attorneys at Seikaly, Stewart & Bennett

Civil Litigation Handled by Seikaly, Stewart & Bennett

Court actions can be broadly divided into two types, criminal and civil. As the name suggests, criminal law involves prosecution of crimes in defense of those accused of committing them.  Civil litigation is, quite simply, everything that involves lawsuits and court actions other than criminal cases. Seikaly, Stewart & Bennett handles a wide variety of civil litigation lawsuits, including, but not limited to:

On other pages on this site, you will see detailed discussions about civil litigation cases with which Seikaly, Stewart & Bennett attorneys are experienced. None of these pages is intended to be legal advice, and, unlike many lawyers’ websites, these pages are not written for other lawyers. These pages are written for you, the client, to help you understand when a lawyer’s services can be of value to you and what questions you will want to ask.

The Michigan civil litigation attorneys at Seikaly, Stewart & Bennett hope we can help you understand the important questions involved in civil litigation lawsuits. This knowledgeable will help you become an informed client who can be an active partner with your attorney to achieve the best results in your civil litigation lawsuit.

Statutes of limitation

To prevent stale claims from being filed long after evidence is gone and people have moved on, the law imposes time limits to sue known as statutes of limitation. Many statutes of limitation are very short, and Michigan courts have recently held that parties can create their own statute of limitations by contract, further shortening the usual time limit. Certain claims, usually those involving governmental agencies, require that notice be given shortly after the event, or no lawsuit can be filed.

Some of the most common statutes of limitation are:

  • Six years for breach of contract
  • Three years for most personal injury claims
  • Two years from the date of the last service for professional malpractice
  • For medical malpractice cases, two years from the date the malpractice occurs or six months from when the victim could have discovered malpractice by reasonable diligence
  • One year for libel and slander
  • Two years for intentional torts such as assault and battery
  • Three years for fraud not involving a contract and six years when fraud is part of a contract relationship
  • 10 years for certain matters involving what is known as adverse possession of real estate and certain kinds of easements.

Even if you think that some of these time limits may have been exceeded, it is important not to make your own decision without legal advice.   Another reason not to draw your own conclusions is that the law sometimes freezes the statute of limitations under certain circumstances, such as it being impossible to know a claim existed until a later date.


If you think you may have a civil litigation claim, do not hesitate to contact a civil litigation attorney- even if you think your time may have expired.  Call 248-785-0102 or fill out our contact form so a Michigan civil litigation lawyer at Seikaly, Stewart & Bennett can help you determine whether you have a viable civil litigation lawsuit.

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