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Posted by Taziblue
(126.96.36.199) on November 06, 2003 at 14:19:20:
In Reply to: Re: Interrogatories posted by Horeheym on November 06, 2003 at 13:37:28:
Once either side initiates discovery, the opposing party can ask their own questions as well.
If you can get to a law library (your main courthouse should have one) you can find standard sets of interrogatories (for just about anything) that you can then modify for your situation.
Discovery is pretty broad- you can often ask questions about things that would be inadmissible in court. However, that does not mean that they will answer them.
I usually visit the law library at the courthouse and get direction from the librarians.
You must be very specific about what you are requesting or else they will answer as vaguely as possible. (Think about Stanley and the Devil in that movie where he sells his soul to the devil.)
If you don't know - simply answer- without knowledge.
They filed the lawsuit, they have to prove their case. If they don't have the information, then it is not your responsibility to provide it.
Yes, you must respond to each question- but you can just answer without knowledge. Make sure that you sign the answers in front of a notary if that is what is required. Also file it at the courthouse and get a copy for yourself date and time stamped so you can prove you answered on time.
You would not believe what sometimes happens in the courthouse- papers are not filed or not put in the system. etc.
also, nolo has excellent resources online and inprint - local library should have books on how to represent yourself in court that will give you a good overview of what to expect.
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