My business has been served with a lawsuit – what do I do?

Act quickly! In North Carolina, a corporation or limited liability company cannot represent itself pro se. Said differently, officers, directors, and owners are prohibited from filing an answer or other legal document in response to a lawsuit. Corporations must hire an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of North Carolina. From the date that the business is served with the lawsuit (whether by sheriff, certified mail, or otherwise), it only has 30 days to respond. Don’t wait until the last minute! Contact an attorney immediately so that you have time to shop around and find the right attorney for your matter. Or better yet, build a relationship with an attorney before you make your first sale or enter your first contract. If you operate a business, it is very likely you will need a lawyer at some point in time. Having an attorney that understands your business model and goals can save you time, money, and aggravation when your business does hit that eventual speed bump. Miller & Monroe would love to serve as your corporate attorney and we will get to know you and business (for no charge) before you ever have a need. Give us a call today!

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