Filing a Lawsuit in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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If you live in Cambridge, Massachusetts and think that you might be the victim of a legal wrong, you may decide that it's worth suing over, to recover compensation from the person who wronged you.

If you think that filing a lawsuit is a good option in seeking redress, you should not rush into this decision. A lawsuit is a time-consuming and expensive process. You should not make a final decision without speaking to a Cambridge, Massachusetts attorney.

Your Cambridge, Massachusetts civil litigation attorney will be able to advise you on whether or not you have a legitimate case, and, if so, your best options on how to proceed. The attorney will also discuss with you the fees for their services, and whether he or she can represent you on a contingency basis.

Steps for Filing a Lawsuit in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Consultation with your attorney: Before you file a lawsuit in a Cambridge, Massachusetts court, you need to meet and confer with a local lawyer. You lawyer in Cambridge, Massachusetts can advise you on whether or not your lawsuit has merit, and how likely it is to succeed.

Drafting a Complaint: Once you have decided to go through with filing a lawsuit in a Cambridge, Massachusetts court, you need to draft a complaint, with the help of your lawyer. A complaint is usually the first step in actually filing a lawsuit. The complaint is the plaintiff's first opportunity to lay out the allegations against the defendant. If a complaint doesn't allege facts that add up to a valid lawsuit (that is, even if everything alleged in the complaint is true, the defendant has still not committed a legal wrong that the court can compensate), the case will have to be dismissed. When a case is dismissed for this reason, the court usually gives the plaintiff a chance to re-submit the complaint, with the errors corrected.

Serving The Defendant: Once you, or your lawyer, have drafted a complaint, the defendant must be served with it, so they have notice that they're being sued, and are given time to prepare a defense. Cambridge, Massachusetts has specific rules governing how a complaint must be served, for the service to be valid. Personal service (having someone give the documents directly to the defendant) is preferred. However, some courts will also accept service by mail in limited circumstances, or service upon an adult member of the defendant's household.

Await the Response: The defendant in Cambridge, Massachusetts has an opportunity to respond to the allegations against them. They have several options in how they respond to a lawsuit. They can move to dismiss the case (arguing that, even if everything the complaint alleges is true, they would still not be liable for anything), or they can file with the court, and serve upon the plaintiff an answer. An answer is a point-by-point disposal of every allegation against the defendant. The defendant can admit the allegations, deny them, or claim that they do not have enough information to admit or deny them (which basically operates as a denial). Usually, the defendant will admit the inconsequential allegations, so they don't have to be litigated (if the lawsuit is about a car accident involving the plaintiff and defendant, they'll probably go ahead and admit that the accident took place), but deny any allegation that could establish liability, if true (they'll deny responsibility for the car accident, for example). If the defendant does not respond by the deadline, they will have a default judgment entered against them, and automatically lose the case.

How Can A Cambridge, Massachusetts Tort Lawyer Help?

This simple outline is meant to give you a general idea of what goes into filing a lawsuit in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but it is by no means a comprehensive guide.

You should seek the advice of a qualified litigation attorney if you are planning on filing a lawsuit against somebody who you think has wronged you in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Life in Cambridge

Cambridge is part of the Greater Boston area. It is home to famous universities such as Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge is home to around 105,162 people. It is the fifth largest city in Massachusetts.

Top employers include both Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mount Auburn Hospital, Biogen Idec, Genzyme, Novartis, and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory. Many attorneys also live in or near Cambridge. Boston is home to many top-rated multinational law firms. There are also many small to mid-size law firms there as well. These firms train their attorneys to be the best and to succeed in winning any and every case, no matter how complicated the legal matter is.

Being such a historic place, there are any museums to visit in Cambridge. Popular attractions include the Harvard Art Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, the Fogg Art Museum, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Semitic Museum, MIT Museum, and the List Visual Arts Center at MIT.

Cambridge, with its historical influence, also has many wonderful buildings to visit and tour that depict beautiful architecture. Such buildings include the Asa Gray House, Elmwood House, the First Parish in Cambridge, Harvard Lampoon Building, Urban Rowhouse, and Memorial Hall at Harvard University.

Overall, Cambridge is a wonderful place to visit or call home.

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