What to Expect from a Lawsuit: Part I

Getting into the courtroom with a civil lawsuit can be a long and tiresome process, especially for someone who is unprepared for the steps that are taken. Keep in mind that this is just a general explanation of the process which will be unique for every plaintiff and defendant, and your litigation attorney in Westlake Village should explain your personal case in detail.

  1. The civil action. This is given as a formal written complaint on the behalf of the plaintiff detailing how the defendant has wronged the plaintiff. Usually a litigation attorney will write this document and it is often delivered to the defendant with a written summons to court.
  2. Commencement. This action is commenced, or given a court date and a case, either when the complaint is filed or when the civil action is delivered. The way that this step works is different in different states. However, because the plaintiff is forbidden from delivering the summons and complaint personally, if a state requires the action to be commenced upon delivery, then it often takes a long time for any court action to take place.
  3. The answer. Once delivered, the defendant has a certain amount of time to answer the complaint. He usually can do one of three things: not answer, which can lead to a default judgement, answer with a defense, or answer with a defense and a complaint to a third party. If the latter is the case, then the third party, again, has a certain amount of time to answer the complaint.

When it comes to the courtroom, chose the litigation attorneys who know it best: Tobi Law Group. Contact us today for more information and come back next time to learn more about the litigation process.