You've Just Been Sued And Can't Afford An Attorney - What You Should You Do?
Take Action Quickly1) When served with a lawsuit in Arizona, you may have at little as 20 days in a civil action which to file a responsive pleading, so don't wait, or else a default judgment could ensue.
2) Consider contacting an attorney who offers free initial consultations;
3) If you will be representing yourself, file either a Motion to Dismiss (not favored in Arizona) or file an Answer
Filing an Answer1) When filing an Answer to a civil complaint, you are to admit or deny the allegations contained in the complaint - the idea here is if an allegation could reasonably be denied, it should be. 2) You are to list your affirmative defenses. See Rules 8 and 12 Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure. (I.e. failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, failure to mitigate damages, statute of limitations, etc.) 3) Bring any counterclaims you have. Generally, if you have any claims against the person who sued you, you should bring those claims or risk the possibility of being barred from bringing them. 4) Sign and date the Pleading. 5) Talk with the clerk of the court for specifics of filing in that court. 6) Pay the filing fee and file the original at the Court in which the Complaint was filed. 7) Get a couple conformed (court-stamped) copies of the document. 8) Keep one for yourself and provide the other copy to the opposing side.