I'm currently the defendant in a suit over a debt. I served discovery on the plaintiff asking for admissions and documents. In the admissions, I asked them to admit that they do not have proper standing to file suit because they are not the original creditor and I asked for documentation showing that they legally own the debt and therefore had the proper standing. They have not responded to either request and it has gone past 28 days since service. How should I handle this?
In Ohio requests for admission are automatically admitted if the other side fails to respond within 28 days of service (31 days if served by mail.) If the deadline expired yesterday, which is a Saturday, they have until Tuesday. Monday is Memorial Day. They have until 11:59 pm Tuesday to serve responses, and service by mail is permitted. So they might have already responded even if you didn't get the responses. They can also request an extension before the time expires, and first requests are routinely granted. Defending yourself in court is like performing surgery on yourself. It is usually a bad idea. Use Avvo's find a lawyer tab for litigation and disputes. Make sure the lawyer is board-certified in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, just as you would want to make sure your surgeon was board-certified. NBTA.org
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