Friday, November 26, 2010

File A Lawsuit: Drafting The Complaint

Every complaint has the same basic framework.  The idea is to tell the court, and your adversary, why you are seeking judicial intervention.  You have to explain what happened, what you want, and why you think you deserve it.  Thus, every complaint should do at least five things: (1) give a quick overview of the case; (2) identify the parties; (3) state sufficient facts to show that the plaintiff is entitled to relief; (4) explain the legal basis for the relief sought; and (5) explain what relief you are seeking.  In addition, sometimes you are required to include in the complaint statements explaining that you are in the right court and you have jumped through all the required hoops prior to filing a lawsuit.  

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