As a small business litigation lawyer, our office frequently gets calls from businesses who have just received a lawsuit or summons and they need to know what to do next. Attorney Harrison explains how quickly businesses have to respond to Ohio lawsuits and what happens if the business doesn’t. To avoid harsh judgments against you, business litigation must be addressed in a timely manner. Make sure you know how quickly to act!
When businesses receive a complaint in the mail or got sued, it is normal behavior to panic because it is unknown as to what’s coming next. The first thing that everyone needs to know is when you receive a complaint in the mail, it will usually have the word summons written on the front of it as well as a copy of what was filed against you. In Ohio, you have 28 days from the date that you receive the summons to file an answer or otherwise respond to a complaint. So, you do have some time to take action, but if you exceed the 28-day period, the other party can file what is called a motion for default and get a judgment against you without you ever being able to tell your side of the story. This is why it is very important that as soon as you get that information, you calculate 28 days to file something or locate counsel so they can do something on your behalf.
If you have questions regarding a summons or lawsuit against your business, or require legal assistance concerning business litigation, do not waste any time, please contact Allison L. Harrison Law, LLC by phone, (614) 440-1395 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation with your business litigation lawyer in Columbus today.
Please note that the information contained in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and not as specific legal advice. The facts of your situation may differ from this general information. It is not intended to and does not in any way establish an attorney-client relationship.