This guide will provide a brief and general information on the lawsuit process
A lawsuit commences with the filing of a complaint. A complaint is a short plain statement of the events or acts that bring about the cause of action. The complaint will also set forth a demand for relief.
The complaint must be served upon the party being sued. Personal service is often required. However, depending upon your jurisdiction the rules of Civil Procedure may set forth another acceptable form of service such as alias, publication, or posting.
Once you have been served you will need to file an Answer. The rules of Civil Procedure set forth the time frame within which you must file your answer. An answer is simply a reply to the allegations listed in the complaint.
Discovery, often called the discovery phase is when the parties exchange information that they intend to use against each other at trial. Depositions may also be taken during discover. During a deposition you may be asked specific questions under oath about your case. You may also question other individuals with knowledge about the case under oath. Written questions called Interrogatories may also be submitted to the parties for answering. If specific documents are needed from your opponent you may request that they provide these documents.
This guide provides information about the lawsuit process through discovery. It is important that you understand that successfully litigating and defending a lawsuit may require additional steps such as filing motions or objections. Whenever faced with a lawsuit you should strongly consider hiring a lawyer to assist you through the process.
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