Often someone owes compensation to another person, either because the compensation was agreed to under a contract, or because someone has harmed or injured another, physically or financially. Litigation is sometimes the last resort to try and obtain justice when all attempts to negotiate a settlement have failed. Although a corporation or similar business entity must be represented by an attorney to sue or defend itself in litigation, an individual can represent himself or herself. However, if you have been sued or need to sue another person or entity to recover the compensation you deserve, it is usually more advisable to hire legal counsel to represent you. Smith & Shapiro is able to assist you with litigation involving most legal issues, with a special emphasis in business litigation, real estate litigation, commercial and collection litigation, and probate litigation.