Was Your Business Served with a Lawsuit? Here’s What to Do

If your business has been served with a lawsuit, it can be a very scary experience. Your actions immediately after being served can have a significant impact on how the coming weeks or even months will go. While a lawsuit is never a fun experience, if you take the following five steps right away, you can make sure your business is in the best possible position to get through the suit without any significant problems.

Step 1: Contact an Attorney

No matter what you’re being sued for, the very first thing you want to do is contact an attorney to set up an appointment to go over the specifics of your case. No matter how big or small the suit seems to be, you absolutely never want to handle it on your own. An attorney can give you guidance on how to prepare for court, and of course represent you throughout the case.

Still not convinced of this step? Washington state law requires businesses to be represented by a licensed attorney. A corporate shareholder or LLC member may not represent the business as the business has its own legal interests, like a person. Proceeding on your own will likely lead to a default judgment against your business.  

Step 2: Document What Happened

Make sure you document everything that is done or said throughout this process as it may help in the case. For example, when being sued there are a variety of requirements that must be met with regards to how you are served. If things aren’t handled properly, it can buy you extra time or give you additional options that your attorney can help you take advantage of.

Step 3: Read the Papers

While waiting for your consultation with your attorney, take some time to read through all the papers you received when served with the lawsuit. A lot of it will be legal jargon, but within those documents will be some explanation of what you are being sued for. This will help you prepare for your meeting with an attorney, and for the entire case.

Step 4: Check for Errors

While reading through the papers, look for any errors or potential errors. One common example is the misspelling of your name or the name of your business. With all legal documents it is important that everything is correct. It is even possible that your business is not the one being sued, but another one with a similar name. No matter the scenario, however, the plaintiff must make sure that everything in the court documents is correct, and pointing out errors can be helpful in your case.

Step 5: Gather All Documentation

If you’re being sued over something your company did (or failed to do), you will want to make sure you gather any documentation or other evidence together so you can bring it with you to an attorney. Don’t try to hide or omit anything, even if you think it may make you look bad. Your attorney needs to have all the evidence possible to craft an effective defense for any type of lawsuit.

We’re Here to Help

If you are facing any type of lawsuit, APH Law is here to help. Contact us to talk about your options and schedule a consultation to see if we are a good fit. We can help you properly respond to the lawsuit and represent you throughout the case to help get you the best possible results.

Written by APH Law PLLC


When we founded APH Law PLLC in 2010, we did so out of a desire to connect business owners with more and better opportunities. No matter what industry you’re operating in, creating a strong foundation, preparing for the future, and protecting against challenges are key to long-term success. It is this kind of support that we take tremendous pride in helping businesses.