I have a small claims court date coming up - what do I do?
All Small Claims Court cases in Maine have been postponed until at least May 2, 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That means if your Small Claims case is scheduled for any date before May 2, 2020, you do NOT have to go to court. The Court will mail you or your lawyer a notice of your new small claims court date. If you don’t get a new date, you can call the court to find out when your case will be rescheduled.
The other side wants me to sign an agreement to settle the case instead of waiting for the courts to re-open - should I do that?
Do not sign an agreement to pay without legal advice! If you are being sued for a consumer debt like credit card debt, the lawyer for the company suing you might reach out to you. They may try to convince you to sign an agreement to pay outside of court. We strongly urge you to get advice before signing any agreement, even if it doesn't require you to make payments right now. You may have defenses in your case, or your money and property may be exempt from collection. The company suing you cannot force you to make payments without a court order or agreement from you. Please do not sign an agreement without talking to a lawyer.