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  1. Does the side with best lawyer usually win?

  2. Should I start a lawsuit if I'm still negotiating?

  3. If I win, does the other side have to pay my legal costs?
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1.  Does the side with the best lawyer usually win?

I once saw a bumper sticker that said "My lawyer can beat up your lawyer!"  A good lawyer can help you present the best possible case, and try to discredit the opposing side's case.  If the other lawyer is not as skilled, your lawyer may prevail. However, much depends on the evidence that your lawyer has to work with.

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2.  Should I start a lawsuit if I'm still negotiating?

In some cases.  You must file a lawsuit within a set time after a wrong has been done, or you'll lose your right to sue...and then your negotiating power is gone.

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3.  If I win, does the other side have to pay my legal costs?

Usually, the court will order that the losing party must pay a portion of the legal costs of the winning party.

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