What Is the Difference Between Appeal & Dispute?

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If you are preparing to file a civil suit, or your civil suit just ended, you might be wondering what’s the difference between an appeal and a dispute. Although disputes and appeals have a few similarities, it is important to know the difference between the two.

What Is a Legal Dispute?

A legal dispute is any action or lawsuit proceeding between two parties in disagreement. For example, if two businesses have a contract agreement and one party fails to fulfill their part of the deal, they will have a breach of contract. In this case, the non-breaching party has the right to start a legal dispute or file a claim, against the other party to seek compensation for their loss.

Common forms of legal disputes include:

Filing a dispute is simply to disprove the charges or to seek a specific outcome in a legal case.

What Is an Appeal?

An appeal often comes after a legal dispute has been resolved. If one of the parties believes that the judge, juries, or lawyers made a mistake that resulted in the wrong court results, they can file an appeal. For example, if the non-breaching partner in the scenario above lost their dispute, they can file an appeal to review errors made in their case.

It is important to know that the appeal process does not allow you to present new evidence. It is only an examination of the mistakes made during the case that resulted in the incorrect outcome.

What Should I Do If I Want to File an Appeal?

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your case and believe that mistakes were made, you need an experienced appellate attorney to evaluate your case. Appeal cases are complex and require an attorney with an eye for detail and knowledge of intricate appeal laws.

Our team at Weisberg Law has helped individuals throughout New Jersey successfully appeal their cases. Our Philadelphia appeal attorneys can analyze your case and help you look for errors that would provide valid grounds for an appeal.

Contact us today at (610) 550-8042 to schedule a consultation!