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    The Courthouse Experience ¬Ė Straight from the Horse¬ís Mouth Part Four
    Posted: 2011-01-31 06:39:01

    By Laurie Lonsdale

    Clearly state whether you are there to file a claim, a defence, or a motion, and ask for the forms you require.  My Legal Briefcase can assist you ahead of time, in learning about the forms you will need.  Even after the court clerk hands them to you, you might want to inquire a second time if you have the correct forms.  It never hurts to be sure, especially as mistakes can be made if the clerk is in a hurry or temporarily distracted.

    If you have been brought into a pre-existing claim as a third party and are filing your defence, you are allowed to request the original claim.   Although you can’t take the original claim forms home with you, you are entitled to photocopies, which the court clerk can provide for you at the cost of a dollar per page.  Because this can become pricey if the claim contains a lot of paperwork, you might want to take only the most important pages that will help you with your defence.  If in doubt as to what pages they are, be sure to ask the clerk for advice.

    Before leaving the courthouse, make sure you have a complete understanding of what steps you have just taken so that My Legal Briefcase can assist you with what you are required to do next.  Ensure that you have all the documents and forms that are necessary to proceed, and don’t forget to ask for accurate timelines for which you have to do it.  Remember, failing to file information with the court within certain timeframes can cause you to be found in the wrong.

    Rather than trying to complete the paperwork on your own, and guessing at what you should and should not include on the forms, My Legal Briefcase can help you.  If you have difficulty finding the answer you need on our informational website, don’t hesitate to contact us for further assistance.

    And there you have it ¬Ė straight from the horse¬ís mouth!

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