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if you have no assets and someone files a lawsuit against you

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if you have no assets and someone files a lawsuit against you is it better to just not answer the complaint or is it always better to put in an answer? also, does an attorney need to answer for you or can you answer yourself?
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It is generally better to file an answer as that is the only opportunity you will have to raise any potential defenses. Additionally, a judgment is normally good for many years (it varies by state, but 10-20 years is not unusual) meaning that even though a person may not have assets now, if they acquire assets in the future, the person can still enforce the judgment.

It is not required to have an attorney file the answer, a person may represent themselves.
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