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So Sue Me!

Never been hit by a lawsuit? Prepare for your day in court.

This story appears in the August 1998 issue of

Lawsuits are an ugly fact of life. Sadly, in our litigious society, if you haven't already had the pleasure, you're probably overdue for one or more of these uniquely time-consuming, aggravating and expensive ordeals.

You'll know you're being sued when you receive formal notice by mail or in person. And after the shock and rage subside, you'll find yourself holding a summons directing you to file a written response with the applicable court within a specified period of time, generally 30 days for state courts and 20 days for federal. What do you do now?

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