While many people in America could probably not recite most of the rights enumerated in the first ten amendments to the Constitution, most people do know that in the event of an arrest, they have the right to remain silent. While this is generally good advice in a criminal matter, a civil dispute may turn on speaking up and asserting your own position and doing it in a timely manner.
In a legal dispute, don't bury your head in the sand. If you receive papers in the mail, ignoring them will not make them go away. Court filings have tight deadlines and missing them can make it very difficult to defend a case. Make sure to consult with an attorney right away so you don't lose any of your legal rights.
Sarah E. Holmes is a Philadelphia business attorney and strategist that helps start ups and established businesses looking to expand, protect their assets and increase their profits in an approachable, down-to-earth way.