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Questions about Interrogatories

What are Interrogatories?

Interrogatories are in essence questions asked in a written format. They can also be referred to as requests for further information. These questions or interrogatories are given in a formal written format to the opposing party in a law suit.

How many interrogatories are allowed

The amount of interrogatories allowed may vary depending on the jurisdiction you live in and whether it is a civil case or a federal case. A judge can grant additional interrogatories if more is needed.

Can an individual defend their company if it is a corporation and also respond to interrogatories

The general rule is that a person can represent themselves in a court without an attorney. A corporation, however, is a legal entity and if an individual appeared in court on behalf of the corporation it would be considered as practicing law without a license. So a corporation would have to have an attorney to appear in court on the businesses behalf. However, individuals are allowed to respond to interrogatories without an attorney.

If a client hires an attorney to collect payment for a debt from my company that the client claims is owed to him, does the company have to divulge detailed business financials to the client's attorney and am I required to answer the interrogatory questions if it is not court ordered?

The attorney is entitled to a debtor’s examination. If you fail to answer the debtor’s interrogatories, then the attorney can file a motion to compel. If you are found by a court that you refused to answer the interrogatories, you can be made to answer them in open court. At this point you may then be charged with the fees of going to court by the opposing attorney.

How does one issue interrogatories in a federal lawsuit as part of the discovery process

The discovery process cannot commence until the Rule 26 Meeting has happened and beginning disclosures exchanged.

The Rule 26 meeting is a meeting held outside court by all parties in a case. In this meeting the parties try to agree to deadlines that the court should set among other things.

At that time a discovery order can be issued. Once the door to discovery has been opened the person engaged in the lawsuit (litigant) can prepare written discoveries and Requests for Admission with interrogatories.

Finally, Requests for Production of Documents is made. This is the attempt to obtain copies of all documentation that was requested. This will include any admissions and denials of the Requests for Admission, answers to the interrogatories, and any other information that the person engaged in the lawsuit believes to be helpful to their case.

These are all usually drafted at the same time, but there may be times where one set of answers can affect the direction of another type of written discovery.

Having the right information and understanding of legal rights regarding interrogatories can help when dealing with responding to interrogatories. Experts can help answer how to object to interrogatories as well as explain how to file a motion to compel interrogatories. Get the answers you need fast and affordably by asking an Expert online.
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