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When initiating a civil lawsuit, the party filing the legal documents is responsible for choosing where to file the case. Based on the case content and local regulations, they must select the court venue that has the power to decide the case — authority over the case type and the ability to pass judgment over the parties involved. Wrong choices have frustrating outcomes for the plaintiff, particularly in small claims. …
If you’ve ever had to file a case or been a party in a lawsuit, you’ve likely come across the terms court venue and court jurisdiction. While the terms are similar, both ultimately affect where a case will be heard and who will hear the case. Court venue seems small, but impacts the legal process, and getting it wrong is likely to cause a headache for the plaintiff party. Here’s a quick review of what…
Over the last two months, we’ve explored e-filing in depth. Today we’re taking a step back and reviewing the basics. Consider this an introduction or overview of e-filing, giving anyone new to the topic a comprehensive look at this part of the legal process — with links to topics you can learn about more in greater depth.…
Melissa is a personal trainer and mom of two who serves process part-time in her hometown of Northridge, California. She started working as an independent contractor with ABC Legal in November 2019, right after she registered and got fingerprinted in Los Angeles County. Melissa is passionate about helping others improve their lives and health, and being a good mom — an example of what a powerful woman looks like. Pre-pandemic, she volunteered with SURJ —…