Please keep in my that I am an Ohio Attorney. Also note that you gave no details of your case. With that in mind I offer some suggestions.
1. What do want? Be prepared. Make a list. Generally, you will have 2 sets of requests. One, would be a list of information and documents that you need from your opponent in order to consider settlement. Two, would be what you want to happen financially. Do you really think the other side should take nothing and dismiss their case? Be prepared to say why. Are you prepared to make an offer in some amount? If not, why?
2. Call the Court and ask if there is a form that the Court wants to filled out and file before the pretrial.
3. Be prepared for the judge to set a trial date. Have some idea how long it will take to get the necessary information and witnesses ready. How long will it take for you to prepare for trial? Good luck.
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It depends. If you have the time, you should consult with local counsel for assistance.
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Many courts will have a document they prepare and give to attorneys at the Case Management Conference regarding how the court will proceed to trial, and those documents will often talk about trial preparation issues. Find out if your courtroom has a document like that.
Good luck to you.
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