Schlimgen Law Firm understands that in most cases, Civil Litigation takes place when all other options have failed. No dispute is too small or large; from ranch lease disputes to small claims proceedings.
In many cases, this can be a disruptive and lengthy process. Therefore, we utilize a number of alternative dispute resolution options to resolve our client’s cases to a satisfactory outcome.
Our firm approaches each case recognizing its potential to ultimately end up in a contested trial. When we do go to trial, we plan for success by careful and thorough preparation through all phases of the case’s lifecycle. Although no two cases are identical, this usually involves aggressive discovery, which includes an exchange of documents related to the case, conducting depositions of key witnesses, etc. Throughout this process we continuously reevaluate our client’s case and convey developments with the client. We always keep the lines of communication open with opposing counsel in an effort to settle the case with a satisfactory resolution for our clients.
Whether you need to be protected or are subject to defending a protection order action the stakes are high and you need counsel that is experienced in this area. Protective orders, also called "restraining orders," require a named individual (typically, those charged with domestic violence or stalking) to stay a specified distance away from a named victim, for a certain amount of time. They are technically legal documents issued by a judge or magistrate to protect the health and safety of a person who is alleged to be a victim of any act involving violence, force or threat that results in bodily injury or places that person in fear of death, sexual assault or bodily injury.
South Dakota allows for the direct appeal of Circuit Court decisions to the South Dakota Supreme Court. Eric has handled a multitude of civil and criminal appellate work. Errors made at the trial level can have lasting consequences for individuals. The appellate process ensures that these mistakes can be corrected.
Wills & Probate
Wills, Powers of Attorney, and general planning for your loved ones is an important life step. In times of crisis it is crucial to have financial and healthcare documents prepared to aid loved ones in difficult decisions. Time spent preparing these matters give you peace of mind, security, and protects your final wishes.
Land Transactions & Disputes
The Black Hills provide a rich region of resources and unique challenges for property owners. Land disputes over boundaries, leases, easements are not uncommon in the Black Hills and require knowledge and experience to achieve successful results. Schlimgen Law Firm handles actions related to: Purchase/sale; Leasing/Landlord tenant dispute; Planning and zoning; Adverse possession; and, Boundary disputes.