In Show 103 – Defending Proceedings Brought against your Business originally broadcast on Facebook Live on Monday 25 June 2018 we explore this interesting topic.
Today on the show we’re going to talk about the six steps to follow when defending yourself in a court proceeding. Getting into legal fights can be expensive and you want to defend yourself in as efficient a manner as possible.
1. Don’t panic
Getting a summons is a scary thing. But you don’t have to overreact.
2. Get good advice
You need a team of advisers that you can contact when you get into trouble. Don’t wait to the last minutes. Make sure you get good advice.
3. Try and get the case dismissed
There is an option in court called a summary proceeding which can get the case response. If you can show that the case is totally ridiculous you might be able to get it thrown out.
4. Make a counter-claim
In most cases you have the ability to make a claim against the person coming after you. If they owe you money you can make a counter-claim. Both cases are then heard together.
5. Consider settling
You can settle the claim right up to the day of the trial. No one is going to be happy with a court judgement. Settling may be a better idea.
6. Paying the other sides costs
If you are unsuccessful in your claim you may have to pay the other sides court costs. Make sure you are on steady ground before you go to trial.
More about this Show
We started Business Legal Lifecycle to create a simple way for you to understand complex legal terms. Most importantly we want to help you to develop a plan to take your business successfully into the future. There’s a startling statistic the underscores the importance of developing a solid plan. The majority of business owners are just seven months away from losing everything. A single aspect of your business that is not set-up correctly can shut down your whole operation very quickly. Legal advice is not cheap and even when you can afford it there is often a divide between lawyers and their clients. We want to close that gap once and for all. We want to put legal knowledge and tools into your hand to prevent the worst from happening to you.
Twice a week we are going to deliver those tools right to your home or office with Business Legal Lifecycle TV. We’ll start the week with Fast Fix Monday, a short 5-10 minute video that will tackle a single issue that businesses have to deal with. Then on Wednesday’s our main show will feature with more fulsome discussions and interviews all delivered in a straightforward and easy to understand format.