So you’ve been served with a lawsuit in Nebraska, now what?  One of the most important things to do when you’ve been served with a lawsuit is to file an answer.  In Nebraska state courts, once you are served with a lawsuit, you have 30 days to file an answer or otherwise plead.  For actions filed in Nebraska federal court, you have 21 days to file an answer or otherwise plead.  Some people are intimidated when they receive a lawsuit and they just don’t know what to do, they may see that the summons they received notes that they have a deadline to file a response, but they just don’t know how to respond.

What happens if you don’t do anything? The party who filed the lawsuit may seek a default judgment and may be able to obtain a judgment against you in court and depending on the practices, procedures and local rules of the court where the action is filed and any statutes which may be relevant to your particular matter, they may be able to obtain this without providing you with further notification.   What this means is that the other party could win their case without giving you any further notification and without giving you the opportunity to explain your side of the case to the judge.

If you are served with a lawsuit in Nebraska and want the opportunity to explain your side of the case to the judge, you must take this important step.  I would encourage anyone served with a lawsuit to contact an attorney to discuss the law applicable to their matter and what steps they need to take.  If you do not believe you will be able to hire an attorney to fully help you with your case, limited scope services may be appropriate for you where you handle your matter, but hire an attorney to assist you with certain things you may find overwhelming such as document preparation, including the important first step of filing an answer.

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