Written by attorney Adam P. Altman

What to Do if You are Sued in North Carolina

If you received a Summons and Complaint in North Carolina naming you as a defendant, then you have been sued. It is costly in terms of time and money. But it is much better to deal with it immediately than to ignore it. This is a brief summary of steps to take if you have been sued.

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Dealing with a lawsuit is a serious matter. The Supreme Court of North Carolina stated that “[a] suit at law is not a children’s game, but a serious effort on the part of adult human beings to administer justice.” Wiles v. Welparnel Construction Company, Inc., 295 N.C. 81, 243 S.E.2d 756 (1978). By dealing with the situation quickly and consulting with a licensed attorney (and your insurance company) you can make the best of a difficult situation.

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