Dear Civil Practice before trial?
That is a hard question as trial attorneys often create their own guide books and build their trial skills over many years. This is not a subject that may be learned by a book; but there are certain practice guides that most NY lawyers have come across or regularly reach for when refreshing issues on a case by case need.
Try Aaron Broder's Trial Handbook for New York Lawyers, 3d:
Try to research in a law library using Weinstein, Korn & Miller:
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The answer provided to you is in the nature of general information. The general proposition being that you should try to avoid a bad outcome if you can.
Law school or hire an attorney. Also the court website has useful information.
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James publishing offers an awesome civil practice guide which clearly and simply explains all the rules in floating a case before trial. I like Friedman's book on Objections Practice.
However, just as I would be a little lost in repairing my car's transmission by reading a book, you too may find yourself hobbled by the complexity of the legal process. Lawyers have to endure at least three years of specialized schooling followed by extensive testing and years of experience. It's akin to playing a piano before a live audience having read a book about music theory. The results will be disastrous and you will be the loser.
I know I will never read about heart surgery or practice it on anyone. I would hire the professional and leave the work up to him/her.
If the case is regarding a significant sum or principal, hire an Attorney.
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