I reply to a debt collector's summons with an Affirmative Defenses but forgot to included a time frame, they have not answered

I reply to a debt collector's summons with an Affirmative Defenses but forgot to included a time frame for them to provide me with an original contract, now they are requesting more papers and have not answered my request. What should I do next?

Pompano Beach, FL -

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Will Murphy

Will Murphy

Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney - Hollywood, FL
Answered

I am having trouble following your question. They don't have to reply to your affirmative defenses. If you make a request for production you should specify a time and place for production but even if you don't they should respond to the request within the time provided in the rules. If they didn't I would treat all objections and waived and ask them to respond and to produce the responsive documents.

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Eugene P. Castagliuolo

Eugene P. Castagliuolo

Litigation Lawyer - Largo, FL
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I agree with Mr. Murphy, but would add that the reason they don't have to reply to your affirmative defenses is because it is presumed that they deny your affirmative defenses. If they want to do more than deny them (i.e. to "avoid" them), then yes, they have to respond to your affirmative defenses. And again, as Mr. Murphy stated, if you want a copy of a contract, the "tool" you use to get that is a "Notice To Produce" or alternately a "Request For Production" (same thing). When you request a document using this "tool," the other side has 30 days within which to respond (not to produce, to respond). I have to say you're in pretty deep waters with these matters, as these rules are intertwined, tricky, and confusing. Good luck.

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Natalie F Guerra-Valdes

Natalie F Guerra-Valdes

Litigation Lawyer - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Answered

I agree with my colleagues. If you requested that the plaintiff produce a contract as part of your affirmative defenses, that is not a proper request for production. You will need to serve a Request for Production. The plaintiff is not obligated to reply to the affirmative defenses. You should probably retain an attorney to help you defend this action.

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Will Murphy

Will Murphy

Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney - Hollywood, FL
Answered

I am having trouble following your question. They don't have to reply to your affirmative defenses. If you make a request for production you should specify a time and place for production but even if you don't they should respond to the request within the time provided in the rules. If they didn't I would treat all objections and waived and ask them to respond and to produce the responsive documents.

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Angelo Marino Jr.

Angelo Marino Jr.

Personal Injury Lawyer - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Answered

Hire a consumer lawyer to handle your claim. Most of us charge very little to handle the case and seek our fees from the other side. Why take a chance.

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