I just received a notice that my business is being sued by a former customer. What are the next steps?
Well, when you’re sued, the lawsuit actually begins when you are served with the lawsuit. So you’ll have that unpleasant experience of IT Process Server, handing you a stack of papers that says you’ve been sued, which is not a fun experience to go through. But don’t feel bad. It’s a part of business. If you’ve been in business long enough, you will run into disputes and legal issues. But you only have 20 days to file a response. So you need to move quickly. You need to find the right attorney and make sure you’re comfortable with that attorney, hire that attorney to go ahead and respond to the lawsuit. You will have your own legal counsel to represent your side of things, who will then respond to the plaintiff’s attorney and the litigation process kind of begins? There’s a lot more than to answer that question, except that please move quickly. If you don’t, you may have a default judgment entered against you, which can be overturned, but it’s more time and costs and legal fees. So you’re going to do yourself a huge favor if you act right away.