Clients typically turn over a matter to their lawyers and believe that their lawyers will “handle it”. A few months later an exorbitant bill is received without any actual results. Discovery is the ability to achieve results in a cost-effective manner. Discovery forces your opponent to provide the information that they will rely on at trial. It prevents surprises, enables you to evaluate your claims, their claims, and also make pre-trial motions that may dispose of the case. There are various types of discovery which will be explored further but if your attorney has not performed discovery, it is imperative that you discuss this with them.