Complaint

In all non-family civil law cases, a lawsuit begins with the complaint. At the Law Office of Robert W. Bauer, P.A., we strictly handle civil matters, and therefore, the description that follows only applies to civil cases.

The complaint defines what the litigation is about. The plaintiff essentially complains (hence, the name) that the defendant violated his/her legal rights, and requests that the court remedy the situation by compensating the plaintiff by requiring that the defendant either do something (e.g. returning an item) or pay something to the plaintiff.

A complaint generally includes six key pieces of information: [1] it identifies the parties to the suit, [2] it draws a relevant connection between the parties, [3] it explains the accident, incident, or factual scenario giving rise to liability, [4] it explains the alleged cause of the accident, incident, or factual scenario giving rise to liability, [5] it draws a clear connection between the cause of the accident, incident, or factual scenario and the cause of the injury/damage, and [6] it asserts that the defendant is responsible and must, therefore, provide compensation.

The purposes of the complaint are to [1] establish jurisdiction, such that it is clear what court has authority to hear the case, [2] notify the defendant that he/she is being sued and why, and [3] form the factual and legal structure within which legal arguments will be had.