Cypress, TX asked in Contracts and Business Law for Texas

Q: I am a Pro se filer. I have filed everything thru responding to Defendants answers. Is the next step going to trial?

I have filed a civil suit against my 3 former business partners for 18 counts of violating our Articles of Incorporation and 8 counts of Member Oppression. I had invested my money, not getting paid until we were cash-flow positive, one partner hired 2 of his friends, paid them from day 1 when I was still not getting paid. He made many other decisions without a vote or majority approval that financially burdened the company. Then for Member Oppression I was not included in managerial decisions, was cut off from viewing our company bank account and several other egregious things and was eventually forced out of the company for no reason other than they felt like it.

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John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Frisco, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: After the first Defendant's answer is filed, you must make your mandatory disclosures under Rule 194 within thirty days. Then, the discovery period begins and lasts nine months during which any party may take depositions, serve written requests for admissions, requests for production, and/or written interrogatories on any other party, and serve subpoenas for the production of evidence on non-parties. As the discovery period draws to a close, parties may file motions for summary judgment or Robinson motions with respect to testifying expert witnesses. Then, before trial, the parties will exchange their pretrial disclosures, motions in limine, proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law or jury charges, and designations of deposition testimony. Then there is usually a pretrial hearing to rule on any remaining motions or objections prior to the beginning of trial. Then trial.

The most important thing to remember as a pro se litigant is to identify all of your witnesses and produce all of the evidence you need to win your case at trial promptly as part of your mandatory disclosures.

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