Civil cases include problems like business disputes, contract cases, breaches of warranty, and similar financial disagreements. They may involve damage to property. The most important element of preparation for a civil case is documentation of every aspect of the dispute. Photographs (where applicable), receipts, estimates, contracts, correspondence, telephone notes, and every other document relevant to the disagreement should be gathered as soon as possible. These documents will help explain the dispute to your lawyer and may be evidence at trial.
Because civil disputes are usually about money, it is important to consult a lawyer as soon as possible so that you can begin to calculate whether the case is worth fighting. A lawyer can help you take a dispassionate view of the situation, which may go a long way to protecting you financially.