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My business was sued. What do I do?

When you’re sued, it initiates a lawsuit, and that means that you need to act soon. In Florida, generally you have 20 days to file an answer, or you could be defaulted. A default means that you waive your right to file an answer or defend yourself. The main thing to do is to act quickly. Also in Florida, most businesses need an attorney to represent them.

Therefore, while if you yourself were personally sued, you could go to court on your behalf. However, if you’re a business, you may need an attorney to show up for you. There are certain exceptions that exist in a small claims court context, but you should certainly consult with an attorney on that matter to make sure one is not required.

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