Being named in a lawsuit can be frightening. All of the thoughts that start streaming through your mind: What is going to happen? What do I do? How will I afford an attorney? How will I choose an attorney?
Regardless of what you do or do not know, once served with the complaint and summons, DO NOT ignore it. If you do not respond to the complaint on time, a default judgment likely will be entered against you. This may be something that cannot be undone.
Due to the procedures that must be followed and the complexities of understanding the substantive law, there is no substitute for an attorney who is familiar with the specifics of your case and can advise you accordingly. You are most likely to be successful if you retain an attorney who practices in the area of civil litigation and is not only familiar with the subject matter of the case but is also familiar with the court in which your case is pending.
Prior to retaining an attorney, however, the information below will help you get started.