About the Complaint Stage
You’re either filing a complaint to begin a legal action, or you’ve received a summons accusing you of liability for a harm or injury to someone. In both cases, there’s plenty you can do. If you’re the person filing the complaint (the plaintiff), be sure you know what to file, when, and where. If you’re the person receiving the summons and complaint (defendant), be sure you know what to do next. If you do nothing, the plaintiff may win by default.
Things to know about complaints
As the person filing a complaint, you should make sure that you’re in the right court and that your complaint states a cause of action. For instance, a case claiming an injury worth $700 might be heard in a different court than one claiming $7 million is owed. A divorce case won’t be handled in foreclosure court, and probate courts will not hear traffic citations. Your cause of action must describe a harm the law recognizes. If you received a complaint and summons, get ready to challenge both. There are many options to pursue before you answer the complaint, but to be successful at this stage, do your research.
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Blog topics about the Complaint Stage
Our blog has a wealth of information.
- First 9 Things To Do When You Have Been Served
- Keeping Your Motion To Dismiss On A Leash
- How To Answer A Complaint In Your Own Sweet Time
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