How To Sue For Slander

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How Do I Sue For Slander?

Has someone defamed you in print, online or verbally? Are you looking for a way legal way to restore your good name? To help get you started with a libel or slander lawsuit, the Kelly / Warner law firm has put together a legal guide for those interested in filing a defamation lawsuit.

So be sure to bookmark this page and come back often, as it contains all the information you'll need to know about how to sue for slander or libel.

Step One: Gather Evidence

If you want to sue for slander or libel, the first thing you should do is gather evidence. Nothing is too small and it should be done as quickly as possible. If someone defamed you verbally, make sure you have multiple recordings of the incident. If the defamatory statement was in print or online, be sure to make hard-copies of the statement. Bookmark every web page on which the statement is mentioned, and save a copy of the page. Remember, web pages can change in the blink of an eye, so make sure you save a hard-copy of the code to prove the defamatory statement existed.

Step Two: Determine The Basics

Once you've gathered all the potential evidence you can collect on your own, it's time to look at the logistics of your particular case. First, familiarize yourself with the basics of defamation law to determine if you even have a shot at be granted a hearing. Things to consider: the statute of limitations for libel or slander in your country? In your state? Is the statement in question just an opinion or a false statement of fact? There is a plethora of legal information available on the Internet; why pay an attorney fees for the basic stuff you can find online.

Step Three: Lawyer Up

You've determined that you meet the basic requirements for a libel or slander legal action, which means:

  • The statute of limitations hasn't passed;
  • You're able to prove the statement caused either financial harm or harm to your reputation; and
  • The material was a statement of fact, not opinion.

Now it's time to either find a defamation lawyer or file a claim pro se.

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