It is wise to plan ahead and this means taking steps to ensure you do not end up in court. Whether you are sueing or being sued the experience is usually daunting and expensive.  Most people are not prepared for the costs and time involved in the litigation process. What can you do to avoid litigation. ? Be forthright and candid in your dealings with people. If you are hiring someone to perform a task for you, make an agreement which sets out your requirments and stipulates the price and time involved. Take pictures as a demonstative tool so both parties know the expectation to be met. Be detailed oriented. Don't leave things unsaid where you simply assume something is to be included. Make sure the person or firm you are dealing has the financial resources to perform the task.  Don't rely on oral assurances which differ or vary the written document. If something is part of the deal then have the document changed to reflect that fact.