Litigation Procedures Articles - FAQs How is a lawsuit started? How long can I wait before I file a lawsuit? I am being sued. What do I do? What are the consequences if I fail to appear in court? What are the typical steps in a lawsuit? What is a process server and why do I need one? What is a summons? What is contempt of court? Can I take someone to court over a dispute? What are typical stages in a matter that goes to litigation? What basic steps are involved in arbitration? When will my case go to trial?