Do you know what to do if someone sues you? It is one of the risks that come with owning a business and it pays to have a plan.

One of the first parts of that plan should be to call your lawyer!

"Contact a lawyer. Do not attempt to engage the plaintiff on your own," writes Renee Schwerdt, an attorney and owner of a law firm serving contractors, architects, and others in the construction industry.

Your lawyer will be essential in planning your next steps and helping you decide how to move forward with the case.

"Contact an attorney experienced in construction law. Your attorney will help you analyze and understand your risks. If the amount in controversy is small, your attorney can advise you on how to best represent yourself. After consulting an attorney, you will be able to make an informed decision about how to proceed with the lawsuit."

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