Filing a Lawsuit in Bend, Oregon

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If you are a resident of Bend, Oregon and believe that somebody has committed a legal wrong against you, and have decided that the effort and expense involved in seeking compensation is worth it, you may consider filing a lawsuit.

If you wish to file a lawsuit, there are many things you need to consider, and the decision to sue someone should not be made without the counsel of a Bend, Oregon civil litigation attorney.

Once you retain a Bend, Oregon litigation attorney, he or she will be able to advise you on your chances of succeeding in your lawsuit. Additionally, 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 Bend, Oregon

Consultation with your attorney: Before you proceed with any legal action in Bend, Oregon, you should seek the advice and counsel of a brilliant Bend, Oregon attorney. He or she will be indispensable in helping you succeed in your lawsuit.

Drafting the complaint: In Bend, Oregon, once you have decided to file a lawsuit, the first thing you normally 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 normally 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 usually 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. Bend, Oregon requires that lawsuits be served on defendants in a particular 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 strongly preferred to serve defendants in person (with a disinterested third party delivering the papers to the defendant). Sometimes, however, the defendant cannot be found, or is trying to avoid service, they can be served by mail with court approval.

Await the Response: The defendant in Bend, Oregon has an opportunity to respond to the allegations against them. They have many 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). Normally, 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 Bend, Oregon Tort Lawyer Help?

Filing a lawsuit in a Bend, Oregon court is a bit more complex than the basic outline laid out above.

If you have suffered a legal wrong in and decide to sue the person who you believed wronged you, you should talk with a qualified Bend, Oregon attorney.

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Life in Bend

Bend if located in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is the largest city in central Oregon. Per the 2010 census, it has a population of 76,639 people. Nearby sites include the Cascade Range, Deschutes River, and the Ponderosa Pine Forest.

Bend is a great place to visit for those who love to mountain bike, fish, hike, camp, or go rock climbing. Basically it is a nature-lover's heaven. Popular attractions include the Vince Genna Stadium, the Central Oregon Indoor Sports Center, the Newberyy National Volcanic Monument, Tower Theatre, High Desert Museum, and Des Chutes Historical Museum.

Bend is also home to many attorneys. These attorneys have been trained by large firms or successful solo-practitioners. Either way, Bend attorneys focus on providing residents and local businesses with excellent legal services.

Overall, Bend is a peaceful place to live and a wonderful place to visit.

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