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

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Timing

As always, timing is everything in legal matters. Be on time for your hearing, and a little early if at all possible. If necessary, do a dry run a few days before to be sure you can find the courthouse and parking. Be ready for parking to be difficult, especially on a Motion Day. (See Chapter 10 for a discussion of Motion Days.) Parking is also likely to cost money in urban areas, so be sure to have cash—including quarters to feed the meters—available.

When Does Everything Begin?

Courts schedule everyone’s hearing for the same time. You are not the only one who’s been told to appear at 8 A.M.! Judges generally pick their own starting times and make their own schedules. It’s common for judges to have general hearings in the morning ...

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