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Affordability - Controlling Your Costs, Part I

Let's talk about affordability, how to take control of the costs on your case. Even when the opposing party or counsel want to make trouble and increase your costs, there are steps you can take to help keep your costs down and avoid some of that trouble.

You can comply with the rules. Specifically to this post, you can comply with discovery requests, completely and without reservation.

Discovery refers to the formal questions and requests that the opposing counsel makes.  They are called interrogatores or request for production of documents, among others.  When they are served on you, you have more than just an obligation to respond to them, you are absolutely required to, honestly and completely. There are objections available to you in some instances but that that decision should be your attorneys, lest you make an error in judgment about when they apply.

By complying with discovery requests, you stop the opposing side from creating a sense of controversy and expanding the litigation by filing Motions to Compel.

Responding to a Motion to Compel would probably cost you between $500 to $1,000. Appearing in Court to argue the Motion could cost you $500 or more. And if you lose, you pay the other side's attorney fees for $1,000 or more.

You see how much simpler life is and less costly your case is if you don't squirm or fudge about your responses.  Just lay it all out there.  Odds are it won't matter much to the outcome anyway so fussing about it only creates a controversy where one never needed to be.

Remember affordability. Save your money.  Comply with the rules.

Michael Manely

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