Is legal jurisdiction when a business is registered or where the business is done?

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Is legal jurisdiction when a business is registered or where the business is done?

I had a business registered in one state but did business in multiple states. I am suing a company I did business with in one of those other states. In which state is jurisdiction? Also, I had an attorney friend who was representing me. We had a falling out and he has withdrawn counsel. He informed me that he granted an indefinite extension to respond to the opposing counsel. Can he do this without my consent? What can I do?

Asked on June 22, 2012 under Business Law, Arizona

Answers:

Bruce Broyles / The Law Office of Bruce M. Broyles

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You have multiple issues.  First, a Defendant can be sued in the State in which it has its primary office located, or any State in which it has sufficient contacts.  However, if your business was a corporation or LLC you must first register with the State in order  to be able to use the Courts of that State.  Finally, you need to hire new counsel and have counsel substituted.


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