To properly defend an unlawful detainer in Los Angeles, the first step is to pay attention to deadlines. If you were personally served with an unlawful detainer complaint (by hand) then you only have five days to respond to the complaint. These five days are calendar days not court days. In those five days you either have to locate an attorney or quickly get up to speed on how to defend the unlawful detainer without an attorney.
If you are going to use a lawyer, you should contact a qualified Los Angeles Unlawful Detainer Lawyer without delay. The lawyer will need time to review your case and to file your first responsive pleading. 5 days puts everyone under a great deal of pressure – including your lawyer.
If you are going to defend the lawsuit yourself, then you need to learn the process rather quickly. We are about to offer a do it yourself book on how to do this. But, the first step is to make sure that you do not miss your deadline to file a response – 5 days.
For more information, contact us at Schorr Law, APC, 310-954-1877, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.schorr-law.com.