How to Respond to a Lawsuit

When named as a defendant in any lawsuit, it’s important to act quickly in order to minimize the impact of the lawsuit on day to day life. First, make certain to respond in a timely manner. If you fail to respond to the summons in time, you’ll be designated as in default, and the plaintiffs claims will go unchallenged, regardless of their veracity.

Hire a lawyer

It’s highly recommended you find a lawyer. Get in contact with your insurance company, as there is a chance your policy includes legal representation for covered incidents. If your insurance company has no such benefits, or if you are uninsured, consider hiring a private lawyer. Taking a lawsuit through trial is a complicated process, and having a professional to guide you can make the experience far less painful.

Know your rights

If for whatever reason a lawyer is out of the question, and there is no way to resolve the suit out of court, make certain you know the law. Be able to speak intelligently about relevant laws and legal precedences. Be able to make your case quickly and succinctly, and provide as much documentation and evidence as you are able.

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