Top 13 Tips in Responding to a Complaint

As with subpoenas, being served with a summons and complaint can induce panic in many people. Don’t panic, but do call your attorney right away. Your attorney will help you prepare your response to the complaint that protects your rights, puts forward your defenses, and asserts any claims that you might have against the plaintiff.

A complaint is the first document filed with a court to begin a lawsuit. It is a formal legal document that asserts the plaintiff’s view of the facts and the legal reasons that the plaintiff believes it has a claim against the defendant. When the plaintiff files the complaint with the court, the court issues a summons, which instructs the defendant to answer the complaint within a specific time dictated by the rules in the court where the complaint was filed.

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