What to Do After You’ve Been Served with a Lawsuit

As a business owner, you face many different challenges that you must overcome in order to be successful. For many, getting served with a lawsuit is an obstacle that is unexpected and frightening. If you have been served with a lawsuit, you need to know what to do in order to protect your legal rights, keep your costs to an affordable level, and of course, make sure that your business continues to operate successfully. This blog will outline a number of important steps you need to take in this situation. 

Work with Your Attorney

The first thing you should do when you get served is contact your attorney. If you don’t already have a business attorney that you work with, find one right away. Having an attorney on your side will not only help to ensure you have a strong legal defense but will also help to streamline the entire process. All types of lawsuits are complicated legal procedures that can last for months or even longer. Anything that is done incorrectly can cause significant delays, or even hurt your chances of a positive outcome, which is why it is essential to have an experienced attorney working on your behalf.

Preparing for the Legal Process

As your case progresses through the legal process there will be many different steps that need to be taken. This includes engaging in pre-trial conferences, filing proper motions, gathering evidence, creating a legal strategy, and much more. Fortunately, your attorney can handle a lot of this for you. For some things, including attending various judicial conferences, you won’t likely have to show up at all so you can continue to focus on your business. 

For the things that you do need to be a part of, however, it is important to ensure you are ready. Taking the time to gather evidence and discuss your strategy with your attorney as soon as possible will ensure you are prepared when it is time to take action. 

Try to Avoid Emotional Decisions

When someone files a lawsuit against your business, it can feel like a personal attack. While this is completely understandable, it will not help you to make smart legal decisions. In many cases, for example, a business owner turns down an opportunity to settle a lawsuit because they are angry or hurt and want to fight it out in court. While there are certainly times when taking your case to the courts is appropriate, you need to look objectively at the situation and make decisions that are best for you and your business. An attorney can help you navigate these difficult situations. 

We are Here to Help

Whether you have already been served with a lawsuit, or you just want to have an experienced attorney available to help you through various business decisions, we are here to help. Contact Canales PLLC to schedule a consultation so we can be here for you today and long into the future.

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