What do I do when served with Interrogatories?
Interrogatories are one part of the discovery process which involves data gathering. They are written questions asked by the other party that must be answered in writing and under oath. The questions should be limited to anything relevant, but often center around fault, money, property and parenting
The following steps can help you answer interrogatories:
- Review the interrogatories: Carefully read through each interrogatory to make sure you understand what is being asked. If any questions are unclear, ask your attorney for clarification.
- Gather information: Gather all relevant information and documents that can help you answer the interrogatories. This may include contracts, correspondence, financial records, and other relevant materials.
- Be truthful: Answer each interrogatory truthfully and to the best of your knowledge. If you don't know the answer to a question, say so. If you are unsure about an answer, don't guess.
- Be specific: Provide specific answers to each interrogatory. Avoid generalizations or evasive answers. If a question requires a yes or no answer, give a clear yes or no response.
- Use language you understand: Answer the interrogatories using language you understand. If you don't understand a term or concept, ask your attorney to explain it to you.
- Follow instructions: Follow any instructions provided with the interrogatories. For example, you may be asked to provide copies of documents or to respond in a certain format.
- Review your answers: Before submitting your answers, review them carefully to make sure they are complete and accurate. Make any necessary corrections or clarifications.
- Submit your answers: Once you have completed your answers, submit them to the opposing party within the specified time frame. Be sure to keep a copy of your responses for your own records.
It's important to note that answering interrogatories can be complex and time-consuming, and it's often best to work closely with your attorney throughout the process.
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