It is critical once an unfavorable decision is made that disposes of your case that you consider as soon as possible whether you want to file an appeal. In most cases, you must file documents to initiate an appeal within 30 days after final judgment is rendered in your case. The 30-day timeline is strict and an experienced appellate attorney will be able to identify the exact date that the clock begins to tick on pursuing your appellate rights. Additionally, sometimes in civil cases, you must take certain actions to preserve your appellate arguments before the 30 day period expires. If you think you may want to appeal, it is best to contact an appellate attorney as soon as you have received the unfavorable decision.