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Complaint Preparation Package (Summons, Complaint, Civil Case Cover Sheet)

“There is nothing as pleasant as having to file a complaint with the court of law,” said no one ever. People often file legal complaints due to difficult circumstances that are inconvenient at best and horrifying at worst. Such circumstances bring out vulnerabilities and frustrations.

Despite your circumstances, there is hope. Fund Capital America has seen it all and is prepared to help attorneys and their clients as they fight legal battles. Below, we will provide an overview of legal complaints, what to expect after filing a complaint, and how Fund Capital America can support this process.

What Is A Civil Complaint?

A civil complaint is a document where the suing party (plaintiff) describes the situation in which they have been wronged. In this document, they outline the compensation they would like as a form of restitution. This is the first step of the litigation process that starts the often lengthy settlement battle.

Components Of A Complaint

Filing complaints with the court is not a simple task. It requires multiple documents, legal knowledge, and in most cases, the assistance of an attorney. The following are components of a complaint:

Complaint Form

The complaint form is a template provide by court system which requests very specific details about the plaintiff’s complaints. The completion of this form has to be done very carefully. The plaintiff must state all the facts in the most detailed and succinct way possible. For the complaint to be accepted by the court, the following information will be required:
  • Plaintiff’s full name, address, and contact information
  • Defendant’s full name, address, and contact information
  • Assignment of jurisdiction
  • Assignment of venue
  • Statement of facts with specific details about what happened 
  • Claims detailing the violation of specific laws
  • Demand for relief or compensation desired by plaintiff
  • Demand for jury trial

Depending on the level of information and law violations involved, the plaintiff may require legal assistance in filling out this form. 

Civil Cover Sheet

The civil cover sheet is the first form of the complaint which includes details about the plaintiff, defendant, case number, and if there is a demand for a jury trial. This coversheet is for the court’s records only.

Summons With Proof Of Service

The summons is a two-page document that is served to the defendant. It has information about who is suing them, why, and through which court. It also contains information that details how the defendant was served. This document will only be valid after it is signed by the court’s Clerk.

Application To Proceed In Forma Pauperis

Once the defendant has been served, it is now time to file the Application to Proceed in Forma Pauperis. This form will require information regard the case as well as your personal information pertaining to your employment and income. Filing this application costs $402, but a waiver may be granted to those who are eligible.


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Filing The Complaint

There are several key factors to keep in mind when preparing to file a complaint:
  1. Deadlines – there is a specific time frame that must be followed to ensure a timely submission to court for review and acceptance. 
  2. All instructions must be followed to the letter. 
  3. Facts and claims must be written out in complete, yet simple manner. 
  4. Demands of the plaintiff must be explicitly stated. 
  5. All pages of the complaint must be numbered. 
  6. A signature of the complaint is required after a thorough review.
  7. Make two copies of each completed form.
After all of these actions are complete, submit everything to the court and wait to recieve copies back from the Clerk. You will be notified once the documents are accepted and if the Application to Proceed in Forma Pauperis is granted.

Serve The Complaint

Once you receive all the documents, it will be time to serve the defendant. If the Application to Proceed in Forma Pauperis is granted, the U.S. Marshall will have to serve the defendant and they would be ordered by the Court to do so. 
If the Application to Proceed in Forma Pauperis was not filed, the plaintiff will have to appoint someone to serve the complaint on their behalf.

Things To Expect After Filing

After filing the initial complaint, the plaintiff will have to wait to hear back from the Court. When all the documents have been accepted, the defendant must be served as soon as possible.
After service, the defendant has 21 days to respond to the complaint. Shortly after, both parties and their attorneys will attend a conference with the judge. During this conference, the details of the case will be reviewed and the case schedule will be set by the judge.

Contact Us Today

Filing a complaint with the court involves a lot of steps and attention to detail. Fund Capital America is prepared to handle this step on behalf of the clients and their attorneys. Allow us to lessen your work burden by contacting us today to learn about the services we provide. 

Fund Capital America’s Complaint Preparation Services

Preparation of the initial complaint is very lengthy and time consuming. Fund Capital America has the expertly trained staff who have the knowledge and experience of the court’s requirements. Furthermore, they are well-versed cases like yours and know exactly what you need to provide. Our Complaint Preparation Services feature the following benefits:
  1. Thorough review of the plaintiff’s claims and assessment of their relation to the law. 
  2. Quick and detailed completion of all relevant forms
  3. Submission of all forms to the Court

With the help of the Fund Capital America, this burdensome initial step of the litigation process will go a lot quicker and smoother. Allowing the attorney to take over at key moments when it is time to prepare to appear in court. 

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