The Psychology of Lawsuits

Our Oakland Probate Litigation Lawyer Discusses the Legal Complexities

In this video, our Oakland probate litigation attorney Charles Triay talks about how it can be difficult to predict exactly how a case will turn out because of the high level of emotions that are usually involved. He explains how cases tend to require time for each party to deal with their emotions about the situation before the case can be handled in a professional manner. The attorneys of the Triay Law Office have years of experience professionally handling probate litigation, and are available to speak with you about your legal needs during a free consultation.

Video Transcription

I want to talk for a minute about the psychology involved in lawsuits. People often come to me and tell me, “Oh, this case will settle early.” They say that either because they believe the other side knows that the other side is guilty and is afraid to be exposed and so they’ll want to settle early, or they think the other side is friendly and amenable and will want to settle early. I don’t see that happen very often for either of those two reasons. Most of the time, people are upset. They feel like they’ve been accused of wrongdoing. There’s a lot of money on the table. They know what they know or what they think they know. They don’t know your version of facts. In my experience, it’s unusual for cases to settle early. There has to be this period for people to calm down, for people to do the exploration or the discovery to find out what the facts are and what the other side is going to say and what evidence and facts and witnesses they have. Then people will start to get more reasonable and analyze the case in a more business-like way.