What is the advantage of filing a verified complaint?
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A verified complaint requires a verified answer, which cannot be a general denial. Other than that, there is no practical benefit to filing one. Most attorneys do not do so unless required by statute.
Unless you are required by statute to verify the complaint (such as a complaint to quiet title), there is no need to file a verified complaint in most instances. The only strategical advantage comes when the plaintiff desires the defendant to file a verified answer. This is an answer which must admit or deny each paragraph, and must be signed under penalty of perjury. Without knowing the nature of your lawsuit, it is not possible to advise you of whether or not it would be advantageous to verify your first amended complaint.
Frank W. Chen has been licensed to practice law in California since 1988. The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice for a particular case. This Avvo.com posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author. For specific advice about your particular situation, please consult with your own attorney.
I generally do not verify complaints unless required to do so.
Your lawyer will decide what is appropriate