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If you want to defend yourself against the claims made by the other side, you should file a Notice of Your Intention to Defend.
You should file the notice within 15 days after the date you receive the Complaint. You have 60 days in certain circumstances such as you were served outside Maryland or your business received the Complaint through service on your resident agent. Read the Rule: MD Rule 3-307
You have two choices. You can either:
TIP If you file a Notice of Intention to Defend, the court will notify the other side. You do not need to describe your side of the story. But it may be helpful to do so. If you choose to respond, be brief but clear about your defense. State why the other side is wrong and mention the proof that you have.
There are many possible reasons why you would choose (or not choose) to describe your defense. Here are two ideas to consider.
If you do not file the Notice to Defend, you may still appear at the hearing and offer your defense. The judge will likely question you to see if you have a defense. If the judge believes you have a defense, he or she may go ahead with trial that day. It is also likely that other side will ask to postpone (continue) the hearing to a later date. The other side will ask for the postponement in order to have more time to prepare.
TIP - Check the Complaint to see if the other side indicated that they were asking the judge for an Affidavit Judgment. This means that they are asking the judge to make a decision without a trial. This will occur only if:
Making the Decision on Whether You Have Good Defense
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