Tuesday, May 24, 2011

10 Reasons Why Legal Documents Get Rejected by Courts

Based on our many years of experience with court filing in California, as well as input from various California Courts, we have compiled a top 10 list of reasons why court documents are often rejected for filing. Here is the list, starting with reason number 10, for your consideration:

10. Amended complaints without leave from the Court.
9. Filing complaints or documents in the incorrect jurisdiction.
8. Incorrect or missing filing fees.
7. Writ submitted prior to the expiration of the time for service of the Memorandum of Costs.
6. Using pleadings when mandatory Judicial Council forms are required.
5. Dismissal of “entire action” submitted without the consent of the cross complainant.
4. Filing documents under seal without a court order.
3. Motion date is not reserved before papers are filed.
2. Judicial Council forms are not completely filled out.

And, the number 1 reason why legal documents get rejected is...

1. Signature is missing on the document.

Of course, this is not a complete list of all reasons, rather a snapshot based on our experiences. The good news is that with Rapid Legal's online court filing service, our branch offices review and prepare your documents for filing. In doing so, we double-check these items so issues can often be resolved before actually filing the documents with the courts.

Most of the customers we've shared this information with have found it very helpful and we hope you find it useful as well.

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