So, You’ve Been Sued? Choose the Proactive Path

We recently suggested to an acquaintance that they retain us to represent them in a suit that was brought against them. They took us up on the offer and were able to take advantage of our deep expertise, vast experience, and unsurpassed service. And for a top-notch law firm, they found us to be surprisingly affordable. 

Now, could they have handled the matter in court independently? I suppose so, that's surely an option. Could they have shopped around for a cheaper attorney to take up their defense? No doubt. But the real question is, if they had cut those corners upfront, what would have been the personal cost? And we aren't talking about money. 

By retaining us, they - or anyone - can relax and handle everyday business, knowing that expert representation and an aggressive defense are guaranteed. On the other hand, some individuals will want to evade service of process and delay the inevitable. We speak with folks like this on occasion too. And though they might put off the issue till tomorrow, they're still worrying about it today. They're wondering what the lawsuit might be about, and that kind of constant worry is a stress that weighs heavy on anyone's mind.

Instead of evading service of process, we recommend a more proactive approach. So go ahead and sign for that piece of certified mail, gain access to the complaint, and begin to get things in hand. Taking just that first, small step will help to reduce stress and enable you to chart a path forward.

Ok - so you've been sued, now what?

The next logical step is to work out representation. Like our above-mentioned acquaintance, you could represent yourself, or you could shop around. 

Anymore it's not uncommon to receive letters from prospective defense counsel soliciting their services before you are ever served with a copy of the complaint. You might even find several of these letters in your mailbox. Of course it's no mystery how they know that you're being sued - they simply watch the courts' dockets and reach out to defendants. 

To them, this is just everyday stuff. You're one name on a list of names of folks who are now faced with a lawsuit. But to you, this could be (or at least seem) life-altering. 

When you retain us to defend you, we're behind you all the way. After service of process is served and you have the complaint in hand, take some time to review it, but send us a copy, too. We're happy to go over it with you and translate anything that isn't clear. We're also prepared to spend time discussing the claim underlying the complaint and explaining possible defenses. We could even challenge the complaint on procedural or substantive grounds. But rest assured that if you decide to retain Calkins Law Firm, we will keep you updated on any coming deadlines and we'll always keep you informed as the case progresses. 

There's no need to doubt or worry - we will be working hard for you until the matter is resolved. You can trust our expertise and our ethics. That also means that you can relax. Or at least you'll be free to go about your business without the weight of constant worry, knowing that the situation is in our capable hands. That's all anyone who is roped into a lawsuit really wants, or needs. And that confidence is priceless. 

If you want to work with a legal team that understands the importance of your case and is dedicated to your defense, look no further. Reach out today to learn more about Calkins Law Firm and the legal help we offer.

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Benjamin Calkins

Benjamin Calkins

Ben Calkins is a well-educated, top-rated, and highly experienced business law attorney.

Ben Calkins is an honors graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School. After law school, he clerked for a Federal Judge before joining one of the World’s largest law firms, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. Mr. Calkins has also worked at, and been a partner in, several of the most prominent “old style law firms” in the World.