My name is XXXXX XXXXX I'd be happy to answer your questions today. The terms and conditions of this site unfortunately prohibit us from signing an Answer or representing you, but I can provide general information in response to your questions.
a) The way to get extra time is either to have the opposing party agree that you can have extra time, or file a Motion to Enlarge Time. Unfortunately, if the judge doesn't rule on the motion, the party still has to file an Answer before the close of business, so it may be too late. With that said, Rule 15
does allow a party to amend a pleading at any time before the other party responds - or within 20 days if you're not filing a counterclaim
and the other party doesn't need to respond. So, one option if you don't have time to find an attorney is to file an Answer, then file an Amended Answer later.
b) You do not need an attorney to sign the answer. The Massachusetts Bar Association does have a lawyer referral service
, but I don't know if they operate over the weekend. It could be tough to find someone on such short notice. Also, many lawyers will not sign a document that they did not draft. The lawyer would want to at least review the Complaint and the Answer before deciding whether to put his name on it. Another option is to go to http://www.martindale.com
and start calling to see if someone in your area is in the office on Saturday - or send emails. Some lawyers may check their email on the weekends.
c) The Answer to a Complaint can be served by putting a copy in the mail, stamped, and addressed to the opposing party or his attorney. There needs to be a certificate of service attached to the Answer stating when and where it was mailed. Service is complete upon mailing. Here's an example.
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