Bay City, MI asked in Civil Litigation and Collections for Michigan

Q: I am sued in small claims and I have questions about the paperwork that I received from the plaintiff's attorney.

I received a request for admissions and interrogations dated 3/25/19 from the plaintiff's attorney wanting a response within 28 days. We go to court 4/15/19. Do I respond or do I wait for court?

Also. The invoice they attached to the complaint is different from the other invoices I received and the balance due reports a zero balance. How should I respond to that?

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2 Lawyer Answers

Trent Harris

  • Collections Lawyer
  • Jackson, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Something doesn’t add up here. If you are in small claims, an attorney wouldn’t be involved. If you are getting requests to admit and interrogatories from an attorney in Michigan, then: (a) you are in Circuit Court, or (b) you are in District Court and the judge has allowed discovery.

If you do not respond to the things you received from plaintiff’s attorney, the requests to admit will be deemed admitted. You should not ignore them, or the interrogatories. It sounds like you are in over your head. No one can tell you what you should do about the other things merely given the information you’ve posted here. There is more information an attorney would want to know before giving you an answer. You should speak to a lawyer to help you with your case.

Brent T. Geers agrees with this answer

Adam Alexander

  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Southfield, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Hire a lawyer. That's the best advice I can give you. Litigation is complex and you are at a distinct disadvantage against an attorney. The answers to your questions are also complex and require knowledge of the Michigan Court Rules, Rules of Evidence, and case law interpretation.

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