Filing a Lawsuit in Bowie, Maryland

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If you live in Bowie, Maryland and think that you might be the victim of a legal wrong, you may determine that it's worth suing over, to recover compensation from the individual who wronged you.

If you think that filing a lawsuit is a good choice in seeking redress, you should not rush into this decision. A lawsuit is a time-consuming and costly process. You should not make a final decision without talking to a Bowie, Maryland attorney.

Once you hire a Bowie, Maryland litigation attorney, he or she will be able to advise you on your chances of succeeding in your lawsuit. Furthermore, your lawyer can inform you on what a lawsuit is likely to cost, both in time and money. Obviously, your lawyer has some control over what it will cost you, based on their fees, and whether they bill an hourly rate, or charge on a contingency rate.

Steps for Filing a Lawsuit in Bowie, Maryland

Consultation With Your Attorney: Before filing any case in Bowie, Maryland, you should talk with a local attorney. Your Bowie, Maryland attorney will be able to advise you on the merits of your lawsuit, and your chances of success.

Drafting the complaint: In Bowie, Maryland, once you have decided to file a lawsuit, the initial thing you usually have to do is draft a complaint. The complaint is a document that contains all of the allegations you're making against the defendant (the person whom you are suing). It usually must allege all of the facts necessary to constitute a cause of action, though in some systems, very few facts are strictly required to be alleged. It also typically has, at the end, a "prayer" (request) for relief. This final section tells the court what type of relief the plaintiff wants, should the court rule in the plaintiff's favor.

Serving The Defendant: Once you have drafted your complaint, you need to serve the defendant with it, and file it with the court. Bowie, Maryland requires that lawsuits be served on defendants in a certain way. This is to ensure that the defendant has a good deal of notice that they're being sued, giving them time to find an attorney, and work on how they're going to defend themselves. It is highly preferred to serve defendants in person (with a disinterested third party delivering the papers to the defendant). Occasionally, however, the defendant cannot be found, or is trying to avoid service, they can be served by mail with court approval.

Awaiting the Defendant's Response: Once a lawsuit has been filed, and the defendant has been served in Bowie, Maryland, the defendant has time to respond. They usually do so by drafting an answer to the complaint, in which they deny the plaintiff's allegations, or assert a legal defense. If the defendant fails to respond within a set period of time, they will be in default, and you may be able to get a "default judgment" against them, in which all of your allegations against the defendant are viewed as if the defendant admitted them, and you only need to prove that you've suffered losses that warrant the damages you're asking for.

How Can A Bowie, Maryland Tort Lawyer Help?

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

Thus, it is crucial that you consult a qualified civil litigation attorney before you file any type of lawsuit in Bowie, Maryland.

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Life in Bowie

Bowie is the largest city in Prince George's County and the fifth most populous in the state of Maryland. The city was founded in 1882 when the Baltimore Potomac Railroad Company began construction of a rail line connecting to southern Maryland. There are over 50,000 residents of Bowie today who enjoy the city's rich history which is displayed at the Huntington Railroad Museum. The museum acts as a welcome center and displays pictures and various Bowie artifacts in the original stations which have been beautifully restored.

Bowie is popular among families and students alike with a plethora of schools including public, private, and institutions of higher learning like Bowie State University. There's a host of lawyers in the city too. Lawyers in Bowie take nearly every kind of case and are familiar with consulting clients in many different areas of law, working with you to decide what's best. Other attractions include the Bowie Baysox, a baseball team. Bowie isn't a notably affluent city but the median income for residents is ,670 and the city boasts that less than 2% of the population is below the poverty line.    

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