IF YOU HAVE BEEN SUED, DO NOT IGNORE THE LAWSUIT!
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU RESPOND TO THE LAWSUIT.
If you have been sued in District Court you should have received two documents: A document titled “Writ of Summons” and a document titled “Complaint.”
The Writ of Summons tells you that you are being sued, who is suing you, and your hearing date (which is the date you need to go to court). At the bottom of the Writ of Summons is the Notice of Intention to Defend. You should fill this out and return it to the court. For more information Click Here.
The Complaint is the lawsuit against you. Read it carefully, because it will tell you what debt the person suing you is claiming you owe. The complaint may have additional documents attached called exhibits. These exhibits are the proof that the person suing you is using to show that you owe the debt they say you do. It may be a contract, credit card statement, or other accountings of the debt.
Please read these documents and do not throw the documents away. They have important information about your hearing date and are important to determine what defense options you might have.
In these documents, the person suing you is called the “Plaintiff” or “Creditor”. You are the “Defendant” or “Debtor”.
If you have not received those documents click here.
This site offers legal information, not legal advice, hopefully, it will give some guidance on steps you can take when you have been sued. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information and to clearly explain your options. However, we do not provide legal advice – the application of the law to your individual circumstances. For legal advice, you should consult the Maryland Court Help Centers or an attorney.