What is a Default and Why Does it Matter?
A default most typically occurs in litigation when one party is properly served with a complaint--the document that kicks the lawsuit off--and the other party fails to answer that complaint or otherwise respond. Why is this important? Because if you manage to secure a default against the other party, congratulations! You just won the case, and you didn’t even have to go through discovery or a trial to do it. Obtaining a default requires extreme diligence in ensuring that y