How To Sue Someone For Slander

Written by J. Hirby and Fact Checked by The Law Dictionary Staff  

Suing someone for slander is not something that should be taken lightly. This is a serious allegation and if you don't have solid proof of it, don't even try to sue someone for doing it because you could find yourself in a lot of trouble if you do. Slander is spoken defamation of someone else's character and can be hard to prove in a court of law.

Gathering Evidence

The first step in suing someone for slander is to gather evidence that proves they are guilty of it. When you are in the court room you will have to prove that the person you are suing directed their slanderous statements towards you. It is also necessary to prove that their slanderous words about you are all lies. You will also have to prove that the person did harm to you by damaging your reputation. You can do this by proving that the person made these slanderous statements in front of other people. You will need to provide, in court, copies of the slanderous statements that the other person made against you.

Documentation of the way in which your life has been negatively affected is also required. If the slanderous statements have harmed your business you must have proof of that as well. Acquiring written statements from witnesses who were present when the slanderous activity took place is also necessary.

Obtaining Legal Help

You will need to hire a lawyer that specializes in defamation lawsuits. They will be able to give you an idea of how much money the court will award you upon proving that your allegations of slander are true. You will be more likely to win your case if you sue for the right reasons. Suing simply to get money from and revenge on the other person is not a smart idea. You want to convince the court that all you care about is seeing justice served.

Once you have thoroughly discussed the case with your lawyer, he or she will file lawsuit on your behalf. It is possible to settle out of court if you and the person you are suing are both willing to do so. Your lawyer can most likely get a settlement for you if you have a strong case against the other person.

There you have it! These are the steps you will need to take when suing someone for slander.

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