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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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You’ve Been Sued—Now What?

The most important thing to do once you’ve been sued is respond to the court. If you do not respond, you’ll lose by default, like a little league team that doesn’t show for a game. The loss will count against you, regardless of how unjust or untrue the claims in the lawsuit are, and you’ll have to pay whatever damages were claimed against you. (Defaults and damages are covered in Chapter 3).
You can make a response with or without a lawyer (see Chapter 4 for advice on picking a lawyer). If it’s a criminal lawsuit and you’re the defendant, it’s in your best interest to have an attorney and to read The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Criminal Lawsuits. The book you’re holding in your hand only covers civil lawsuits, and while ...

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