Step 2 of a Lawsuit: Discovery

Step 2 of a Lawsuit: Discovery

If you missed the previous post, you can learn about the first step of a lawsuit, serving the complaint and receiving answers from the defense, here. The second step of the process is what we label as discovery.

Discovery is when all parties to the case investigate the issues to determine what evidence the opponent will use at trial. This generally takes 180 days to complete, but as with the previous step, parties can request time extensions. Parties typically exchange written questions called “interrogatories” in this period. Once the interrogatories are sent from the defense, you only have 28 days to complete the answers. It is very important that we maintain clear and open communication here, so we can help you get this done.

During this period, parties are also likely to request testimonies in a question-and-answer session with all attorneys and a court reporter present. This testimony has the same weight and effect as a testimony given in court, so it is critical to your case. This is called a “deposition.” We will let you know when your deposition is scheduled and meet with you beforehand to prepare you for it.

Once discovery is done, your lawsuit is on to the third step, alternative dispute resolution. Check out our next post to learn more about this step!