During a civil disagreement, negotiations can sometimes deteriorate between the parties and a middle ground isn’t able to be found. In some situations, the conduct from one party can be so egregious that you don’t even want to work with them or continue the agreement. Our firm offers full representation as well as unbundled services to help you with your civil litigation matter.
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Have you been sued in Colorado?
Contract disputes, consumer and commercial debt, negligence, fraud, defamation, there are many ways that a simple disagreement can turn into a court case. We have experience litigating in state county, state district and federal court. We work to defend lawsuits and achieve the proper results for you. We do not represent people in small claims court, however, we are able to provide you advice. If you require the services of our Colorado civil litigation attorneys for an unresolved legal dispute, our litigators are ready to help you find the best way to protect your interests. Although our lawyers are always prepared to file and litigate your Colorado civil matter, we frequently advise our clients that litigation should be considered a last resort and attempt negotiation or mediation before incurring the expensive costs of a trial.
Have you been served a summons and complaint in Colorado?
If you have been served a summons and complaint, it is important to realize that you only have a limited amount of time to act to protect your rights. Many times, people who have been served a summons and a complaint, for one reason or another, do not act until it is too late. The summons must clearly state the amount of time that you have within which to act. What you can do will depend on the court that you have been sued in and whether or not you want to contest the lawsuit.
We almost always advise trying to settle the lawsuit as a first matter of business, however, many times we are forced to file a responsive pleading, which is normally either an answer or a motion. If you have been sued in county court, your summons should be marked with a return date. Important: just because there is no case number or the summons is only signed by the attorney does not mean that you don’t have to act or that the lawsuit is not real. Even if the case has not yet been filed with the court, the Plaintiff normally has a certain amount of time AFTER serving you to file the case.
If you have been sued in county court, normally, you will have a return date. This is the date by which you must file an answer or appear on that date if you want to contest the suit. Ordinarily, we like to try to settle the case prior to filing an answer, however, if no settlement is reached, it is normally advisable to file the answer BEFORE the return date, to avoid going to court on the return date. Filing your answer will let the court and the opposing party know that you plan to contest the lawsuit.
If you have been sued in district court, it is again important to note that the case might not yet be filed by the time that you are served with the summons. You still only have the amount of time stated in the summons to file your answer. There usually will not be a court date. I have had many people call me after the answer deadline has passed and tell me that they didn’t do anything because they called and the clerk told them that there was no “court date.” There won’t be a court date in a district case, ordinarily, until after the answer is filed. Again as you progress through the jurisdictional limits of the court, the complexity increases as well.
Do I have to have an attorney if I have been Sued?
The simple answer to this is normally “no” unless you own a business and the business is being sued (and even then, only under certain circumstances). It is highly advisable to get an attorney, especially as the amount in controversy goes up. The rules of small claims court are relatively simple and straightforward, but the amount requested cannot exceed $7500.00. In county and district court, the rules become much more complex and it is normally advisable to obtain an attorney. We will be reasonable in assessing your position and advise you appropriately if we think you need an attorney or not. Give us a call and tell us a bit about your case, one of our attorneys will be happy to let you know if there is any way we can help.
Our Colorado civil litigation law firm can handle your civil matter at any stage in the litigation process. Our law firm can also assist our clients in a wide variety of civil subject areas. You can rely on our attorneys to advise you on all possible courses of action instead of always pushing you to go to trial first. Our civil litigators can represent both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation matters involving:
- Employment contract disputes
- Business Torts – Breach of fiduciary duty, civil conspiracy, interference with civil contracts
- Pre-suit consultations, opinion letters, and lawsuit protection
- Franchise contracts
- Contractor/subcontractor disagreements
- Construction contracts
- Service contracts and breaches
- Non-compete and confidentiality agreements
- Contracts for the sales of goods and breach thereof
- Promissory Notes
- Unfair business practices and competition law
- Appellate practice in both state and federal courts
Our lawyers service the Denver, Boulder, Broomfield, Westminster, Thornton, Louisville, Arvada, Aurora, Northglenn, Brighton, Englewood, Littleton, Wheatridge, Longmont, Lafayette, Superior, Adams County, Broomfield County, Boulder County, Denver County, Jefferson County, and the entire Colorado Front Range! We work with small and medium sized businesses of all types and have experience litigating matters throughout the State of Colorado. We are ready to discuss your options regarding your civil litigation issue. Contact a Colorado civil litigation attorney today!