Dealing With a Civil Lawsuit


If you’ve been served with a summons saying you’re being sued, you’re probably scared, confused and angry. This is normal and completely understandable. No one likes being sued! That said, the most important thing to do is to stay calm. If you haven’t found a lawyer yet, you should do so right away. Don’t try and represent yourself, there is just too much at stake. Your attorney will be able to help you get the best possible outcome. They have access to valuable resources that can make all the difference.

Once you’ve got a court date, do not miss it! Emergencies happen, but you should do your best to make every appearance required of you. Your lawyer may be busy but rest assured if he cannot appear in court with you due to circumstances beyond his control, he will have a per diem attorney there for you. These attorneys specialize in stepping in and assisting in court cases that the regular attorney cannot make due to illness, a jammed court calendar or other circumstances they can’t help. Your attorney will make sure you have the best per diem attorney in New York to fill in for him, and rest assured these attorneys are highly trained and qualified. They’ll fight just has hard for you as your regular attorney!

Another thing to be careful with is paperwork. Make sure your attorney has every document and piece of information related to your case, and always be honest with them. Even if the information you provide may be detrimental to your case, it’s important to be honest and upfront. If you’re not, the info will most likely come to light any way. By telling your attorney, you’ll give him the opportunity to work with the information and frame it in the best light so that it causes the least possible damage.

Finally, resist the urge to contact the person suing you. It’s extremely tempting, especially when your emotions are running high, but doing so can cause serious repercussions. Let your lawyer take care of all communications. Should the person suing you try and contact you, advise them to contact your lawyer. If they persist in trying to contact you directly, or worse, threaten you in any way, tell your lawyer right away so they can inform the judge presiding over your case. Never be afraid to discuss any problems with your legal team, that’s what they are there for.

Article publié pour la première fois le 20/02/2016

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