Northampton, PA asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania

Q: I'm suing a corporation. How long do they have to hire an attorney?

PA Common Pleas Court requires that a corporation has to be represented by a legal counselor. I just ended my Discovery time and now we are into their discovery time. Since an attorney is required by the law to represent a corporation, the owner of the corporation can't request anything from me. How long do they have before its too late to hire a legal counsel? Should I just send a motion for default judgment or wait until the trial date gets closer and file a summary of judgment motion? What is the best way?

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: The corporation as a defendant has a right to request things from you. If you think those are beyond the scope of discovery, then object or file a motion for a protective order. At that time you can bring up to the judge that the corporation (if it's not a partnership) should have an attorney.

(I'm assuming you are not in DJ court as corporations can be represented by their officers in DJ Court).

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