I Just Got Sued, What Do I Do?

Getting served with a lawsuit is not a pleasant experience to say the least. You receive a large number of papers and most of them don’t make any sense. You don’t know where to start or the first thing to do. This is not the time to panic or ignore the lawsuit and pretend like it doesn’t exist. There are a few things that you will need to do right away.

Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines

There are various ways that you can be served with a lawsuit, but the important thing to know is that once you have been served and are aware of the lawsuit the clock for you to respond starts running. In most circumstances if you are served with a state lawsuit in California the deadline is 30 days. If it’s a federal lawsuit, the deadline to respond is 21 days. Do not wait until the last day to find a lawyer and do not try to respond to the lawsuit yourself or you may give up important rights and defenses that you have. Once you are served with a lawsuit – start searching for representation right away so that the deadlines don’t sneak up on you.

Consult With An Attorney

Each lawyer has a different practice area that they focus on and each lawyers experience varies greatly. That is why finding the right attorney is essential at the outset of a case. If you decide to take some of the litigation on yourself and then get overwhelmed and try to hire an attorney, it may not be possible for him or her to properly litigate the case. That is because very specific court deadlines, rules, and procedures have to be followed or your rights may be waived. No matter where you are in California, contact the lawyers at Theta Law Firm, LLP for a free evaluation of your case. Even if we do not take your case or do not handle that particular area of practice, we will point you in the right direction.

Do Not Call Or Talk To Opposing Counsel Or The Person Suing You

After your get sued you may be asking yourself the following questions:

  • Should I call the attorney that filed the lawsuit and just explain to them that this is all a misunderstanding?
  • Should I contact the person suing me and ask them why they are doing this?
  • Should I call the other side and try to work this out with them?
The answer to all three of these is a resounding “No”. Do not communicate with the person suing you or their attorney. Contacting the other side without an attorney will almost always result in things getting worse. If the person suing you has an attorney and you do not, you should get one. An attorney is experienced in negotiations and litigation and knows what is necessary to protect you and your interests.

Call Theta Law Firm today so we can help protect you and be there with you every step of the way.

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