As many of you more experienced pro se litigants know, Requests to Admit (state) or Requests for Admission (Federal) can be a great tool for ferreting out issues and positions of you opponent.
And if these are not answered in the time period permitted, generally 30 days, they are automatically deemed admitted by operation of law. Meaning, all you have to do is file a Summary Judgment Motion and you win.
If you have not prepared these, take a second look at what a great tool they are. Illinois now requires you to warn your opponent in large bold type that they must be answered or deemed admitted, (check out the rule), but in many other jurisdictions you do not have to do this.
Illinois is also more generous with what you can ask in RFA’s and you can get your defendant to admit to liability, to admit X amount is owed, etc. You won’t get attorneys fees unless there is a contract or statute, but you can do a whole lot with Requests for Admission.
This article was submitted by Sunita Advaney who owns and operates a paralegal firm for drafting documents and other paralegal activities under your supervising attorney at http://www.eparalegals.net