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Most major cities have local bar associations with lawyer referral services where you can typically get a brief consult for a small amount of money, and cities may also have pro bono legal services available to help. The most important piece of advice to remember is - do not ignore the lawsuit - act on it immediately and deal with it head on. Even better, be sure that you have plenty of liability insurance coverage (auto, homeowners, or business) for protecting your assets in the event you do get sued. This coverage for the costs of defending lawsuits will save you literally thousands of dollars, so buy it, and take advantage of it by sending the insurer copies of any lawsuits against you.