Cleveland, OH asked in Contracts for Florida

Q: I have a single owner LLC in Port St. Lucie. i have been sued for 19,000 over a contract. i am out of state.

i could represent myself( facts very straightforward) but need a lawyer because this is an llc. how do i proceed? my company has no assets.

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Phillip William Gunthert
Phillip William Gunthert
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  • Orlando, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You do need and attorney because if it is a single member llc and you have no assets in the llc and you lose they will go after your personally by attempting to pierce the corp. veil in their filings and which is very common in such an action. You need to seek out a business/civil litigation attorney.

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Lorenzo Arca
Lorenzo Arca
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  • Miami, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: The greatest disadvantage of single-member LLCs, is that member's exposure to personal liability. Unfortunately, your question does not provide many facts, aside from the fact that you are the sole member of an LLC that is being sued.

As Mr. Gunthert stated, you should retain a business attorney to represent you. Keep in mind that after you are served with the complaint, you have 20 days to answer the complaint.

Our law firm regularly represents clients in business transactions, and has experience in negotiating settlements in business disputes--an option you should explore prior to entering into a full-blown litigation. You may contact us for more information at: 305-442-1443 or larca@fleitaslaw.com.

*Please Note: That this answer is not intended as legal advice for your particular situation, nor to establish an attorney/client relationship, and is only provided for educational purposes.

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Linda Liang
Linda Liang
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  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You need to hire a local attorney to respond the complaint within 20 days of complaint. Time is of essence.

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