Public Interest

1. What should you do if you wish to take legal action against another party?

In deciding if you have grounds for legal action against another party and how it should be commenced, several preliminary questions will need to be answered including:

  • What are the remedies that you wish to seek, and what are the remedies that are available to you in law?
  • Who do you wish to sue, and who are you legally entitled to sue?
  • Where can you file your legal action?
  • Do you have a limited time frame to file your legal action, and are you still within the time limit?

It is prudent to approach a lawyer for advice on your first indication that a dispute may arise. The reactions of the parties in the pre-litigation stage of proceedings can be key to the success of a claim, while delay or inaction can be unfavourable.

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2. What should you do if you are served with legal documents?

There are various types of legal documents. For example, some legal documents show that another party has commenced legal action against you, while others may require you to attend court to give evidence in a pending legal action. What is required of you is stated in the document, although some of the language may be difficult to understand. In most instances, there will be timelines that you will be required to comply with, and it could be detrimental to your case or your position if you fail to do so. It would therefore be prudent to seek legal advice as soon as you receive a legal document.

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3. Can you protect yourself or your organisation from legal action?

There is no fool-proof protection against legal action. However, from our experience, many disputes that develop into contentious litigation can be avoided or resolved at the outset by simple solutions. Sometimes, merely fine-tuning or auditing standard terms and conditions or the usual operating procedures of an organisation can lessen or mitigate legal disputes. Contact us for consultation or advice on how to minimise your or your organisation’s litigation risk.

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1. What should you do if you wish to take legal action against another party?

2. What should you do if you are served with legal documents?

3. Can you protect yourself or your organisation from legal action?

Useful links:

Malaysian Bar
Malaysian Judiciary