Category: Trial Court
Form Name: Counterclaim Form 2010.pdf
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INSTRUCTIONS : COUNTERCLAIM
A counterclaim is a legal pleading in which a defending party files a legal claim against the party is has filed the original claim. A counterclaim is a valid response to a complaint and is used for a variety of civil law claims.
In this case, we are using the counterclaim example used in the state of Vermont for a lawsuit filed by a landlord against tenants. Examples of counterclaims can also be found online or through legal help services.
The first step for filling out your counterclaim is to provide the case caption information at the start of the document.
1. You must provide the court name and division for which you are filing the counterclaim, along with any docket information you have received from the initial complaint against you.
2. Next you must provide your name, as the defendant and the names of any other individuals you may be representing as co-defendants.
3. You must next provide the name of the plaintiff party. For this example, the landlord is the plaintiff if he or she has filed an original complaint against you, as a tenant.
For our counterclaim against a landlord, we must first indicate whether the defendants are claiming the landlord evicted them as a retaliatory act and check the corresponding box for why the landlord may have acted in such a way.
4. If your counterclaim is against the landlord due to discrimination, you must indicate so on your counterclaim form.
5. Indicate what form of discrimination your landlord has committed against the tenants by checking the corresponding box.
If you believe you have a counterclaim against your landlord for health and safety violations of the rented location, indicate so and list the ways in which your rental unit was unsafe or dangerous.
6. If your counterclaim is due to an illegal eviction, select the illegal eviction type that best suits your situation and write a brief explanation of the events that caused such an illegal eviction.
You may also counterclaim against your landlord for the destruction or taking of your property.
7. Write a brief explanation if this happened to you.
Once you have completed the counterclaim form, you must select the type of relief in which you are seeking. Sign, date, and provide your address, so that your counterclaim is ready to be submitted for the court.