Five Important Steps To Take When Your Business Is Being Sued
Any company that has been in business long enough will find themselves facing a lawsuit at some point. Anyone from a disgruntled employee to an irritated customer—even a partner—may decide to pursue a lawsuit over any number of issues.
When business owners receive those papers, it can be easy to panic and let the feelings of frustration and fear take over. However, an organized and prepared business owner can successfully defend his company and even avoid going to court in some cases.
These five helpful tips can help business owners protect their business and move forward with their lives.
- Remain calm. Though the fear of losing resources to litigation or even the threat to the future of a business can be overwhelming, it is important to stay focused. Many cases are resolved before they even get to the courtroom.
- Read the legal papers. Check the summons or complaint for any pertinent dates. It is important to be timely in response to the court. If court dates or deadlines are missed, it could result in a default judgment against you.
- Never admit fault. Regardless of who is at fault, never take any amount of responsibility. Opposing attorneys could use that information later in court proceedings determining fault or possible compensation.
- Keep any and all relevant documents. Don’t throw away anything that could be related to the case. Having documentation to back up statements made to the court will only help a case.
- Contact an experienced lawyer. An attorney understands the law and has experience with court proceedings and document preparation. A skilled lawyer can help business owners research the issue and prepare an appropriate defense.
When a business is sued, it doesn’t have to be the frustrating and scary experience business owners often fear. A commercial litigation attorney can help California business owners protect their rights and maintain their livelihood.
If your business is being sued or you simply are looking for a lawyer to answer your commercial legal questions, contact Corbett H. Williams today for a free, confidential consultation at 949-679-9909.