120 days after I was told the complaint was ready to be filed, I ended up having to reply to a complaint issued by the other party .. My attorney had another 20 days to answer their complaint .. Has ignored all requests to meet and has made his ability to speak just about impossible.
Last night finally at 1 am I was told that the answer would not include the counterclaim
and cross claim ... this is 140 days since he first supposedly had the complaint issued
I have two days now to find another attorney or allow him to file the answer without the counterclaim or cross claim .. He says he will file these days after the answer ... If I'm reading DC law correctly you can't do this or your counterclaims are restricted.
He speaks below of an amended answer ... this seems to be nonsense also ... can you clarify ... the answer then having the counterclaim and crosss claim as an amended response .. is that possible
I have tried to provide helpful responses to several points you raised below:
I would like to ideally include a counter claim and the third party claims against the other folks with the Verified Answer that you need to have filed on or before Thursday. We can if necessary just file the Verified Answer, and add the other claims later by way of an Amended Answer.
There is no increase in burden because you enter the case as a defendant rather than a defendant. It just does not matter on a practical basis.