If you are researching how to write an answer to a debt collection lawsuit using a template or examples for your own lawsuit, stop now. Hire a trial lawyer instead. Online examples or templates of an answer to a debt collection lawsuit can be instructive or educational. Using one in the real world, however, is setting yourself up for a disaster.
I cannot emphasize this point enough. Avoid websites or companies claiming they can write an answer to a lawsuit by filling out a template or giving you an example. It won’t be effective. In most cases the template or example answer will cause you more problems than it solves.
First off, it is hard to properly write an effective answer to a debt collection lawsuit. Lawsuits are complicated and confusing. Allegations and averments in the debt collection complaint require careful consideration before simply answering, denying, or stating you don’t know. Courts penalize perjury and failures to properly respond.
Templates and examples of collection lawsuit answers also don’t help you beyond that one early stage of the case. Think about it. What happens next? You file your template lawsuit answer and then what? You are completely on your own to answer discovery, draft discovery, file motions, or answer motions. If your case survives long enough, you are alone in arguing your case at trial. A computer template or a simpleton behind a computer with no legal training filling out a form is not effective at addressing those matters. You need real help to write an answer to the complaint and you need help with the other stages of the case.
This is real legal work, not programming canned responses.
Indeed, many cases shouldn’t answer at all but the computer template answer system ignores that fact. Sometimes filing a motion to dismiss is better. If you don’t, you waive certain defenses that could have helped you beat your debt collection lawsuit without ever filing an answer. It is malpractice for a lawyer to simply file an answer in every debt collection lawsuit without considering whether a motion to dismiss the debt collection lawsuit is a better approach.
For example, the statute of limitations on the debt might be expired. The court might not have subject matter jurisdiction or personal jurisdiction. There may be other technical flaws you should exploit. You might not owe the debt at all. Even so, a template answer to the debt collection lawsuit could result in your admission that you owe something you don’t.
Don’t risk it. Stay far away from online companies trying to sell you a template answer. But, if you already hired one, call us to see if it is not too late to fix all the mistakes they made in writing your template answer.
Read our other articles that explain the steps in more detail if you are still determined to learn how to draft an answer to a debt collection lawsuit. Start here for a free example to adapt to your state and your court. Good luck.