If you’ve been reading my articles for any length of time then you’ll know I am always interested in identity theft lawsuits. These cases are so widespread and so prevalent, in fact, that many business owners have decided to sue a bank or other company for their own personal gain. If this sounds familiar to you then you need to understand that these lawsuits are a serious matter. However, I want to take the time to explain what these suits are not and what you can expect from them.
A common misconception about identity theft lawsuits is that they are intended to intimidate businesses into paying up or settling for far less than what they should. This isn’t the case, of course, but the idea is to scare companies into paying up for whatever reason. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they will necessarily end up settling with the person or company suing them. What it means is that they are seeking to recover money on a debt. For this reason, it’s extremely important that you understand that you have every right to pursue your lawsuit and that you have every right to pursue the lawsuit to its fullest extent possible.
In addition, you must know that all current identity theft lawsuits are going to be filed in the United States of America. The U.S. system of law provides for open access to all litigation proceedings so that people can access the information and know exactly what they are getting into. In some countries, such as Canada, they may offer limited access, but the information that is available in those countries is still free to the public.
As you can imagine, identity theft lawsuits are a serious matter and if you are being sued you should absolutely investigate what you are getting into and who you’re dealing with. It is imperative that you obtain as much information as you can about the person or company that has filed the suit against you before you sign on the dotted line. You need to understand the nature of the case, the strength of the plaintiff and the possibility that the lawsuit is just a way for the plaintiff to pressure the court to grant the plaintiff’s request.
You also need to understand why the plaintiff is seeking the money from the person’s company or organization. Some lawsuits are a result of financial negligence. Other lawsuits are a result of fraud committed by the company or organization.
In some cases, lawsuits are a result of stolen credit statements and in other cases, the plaintiff may actually sue for a loss of identity. Whatever the case may be, the plaintiff is seeking to recover money.
When it comes to trying to deal with identity thieves, there is one thing you must never do and that is to sign any documents for any type of money without first consulting with an attorney. Most importantly, never sign anything at all, even on the phone.
Remember, the only real way to win in identity theft lawsuits is to have legal representation. If you can’t afford to retain the services of a reputable attorney, then take a class at a local law school or do a quick online search to find one to work for you.
Once you get in contact with an attorney, you should make an initial consultation to discuss your specific situation. During this meeting you will need to provide them with all of the financial documents that pertain to your situation. They will need to see all of your credit cards, bank accounts, and all statements from these accounts. It is important to be able to provide the attorney with a complete list of all of the personal information about you so that they can effectively represent you in court.
After the initial consultation, you should follow up with a second consultation. In this second meeting you will be presented with some of the possible legal avenues you might pursue in court. There are many avenues that you could pursue to try to prove or disprove the validity of the suit.
You should not sign anything until you have discussed your case with your attorney’s office, and they have determined that they are willing to proceed with the case or not. You don’t want to get yourself involved in any situation where you have lost everything just because you didn’t follow the law.