LegalYou: Request for Admission

When representing yourself in court, it’s on you, and you alone, to get your hands on any and all material that helps your case. Otherwise, being embarrassed will be the least of your problems. LegalYou has already filled you in on the discovery process of a civil case.

Again, this is where both parties facing off get to collect all the information they need to make their arguments. After all, you can’t go into battle without the right arsenal. As a party in a case, you need to make the most of discovery to collect anything that may benefit your cause.

This includes getting information from the other side, which either party can legally do through certain methods. Request for admissions is one of these methods. Request for admission is a set of statements from one party given to the other, which then must be admitted or denied, or explained why they can’t do either. It’s basically true-false questions, except “true” is replaced with “admit,” and “false” is replaced with “denied.”

You can send your opponent up to 30 written statements, which then must be responded to within a 30-day period. If your opponent admits to the statement, you don’t have to prove it in court. Legally, the answering party may reject the request, as long as there’s a good reason.

As mentioned, these requests are a two-way street, so each party is equally responsible for cooperating. If you receive a request for admissions, you must write down whether you admit, deny, or are unable to do either in response to the statements. If you pick the third option, you must have made a reasonable effort to find out.

If you don’t respond within the 30-day time frame, the court will act as if you admitted to it. They will also judge whether any objections are valid. If you made a mistake answering a statement, you may ask the court to go back and change it, if it’s fair to your opponent, of course.

Utilizing this knowledge effectively will only help achieve the best outcome possible. You want that, don’t you?

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