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Company pro se

by William
(Cleveland, Ohio)


Our company has been sued in Florida for a sum that makes it difficult to afford a lawyer. Can a company defend on a pro se basis in Florida, or is that right limited to individuals?

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Self representation for business suit
by: Staff FALDP

It depends. I'm assuming that the sum is above the statutory limit for small claims - $5000. A corporation of limited liability may proceed in small claims court without an attorney, but may not in county court or circuit civil. If your business structure is a sole propietorship, then you may be able to proceed pro se. Because in that case, your personal assets are at risk, not only your company assets.

Please visit the Florida Division of Corporations to learn about the rules for Corporations and Limited Liability Companies.

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