Deadlines. Everyone faces them in virtually every part of their lives. Some deadlines are hard ones and others softer. A hard deadline is the absolute deadline where there is no flexibility whereas a softer deadline may be allowed to be extended with permission from someone.
An example of a softer deadline may be if you are served with a summons and have twenty days (or thirty in some circumstances) to answer. While this is an actual deadline and you may be prohibited from responding if you miss it, there may very well be exceptions. One such exception is if the parties agree that the period of time to answer is extended. Another case in which an exception can be made is, in certain situations, with permission of the Court involved.
There are other instances, however, where the deadline is even stricter and is almost absolute. One such deadline is a Statute of Limitations issue. Different types of actions (bankruptcy, auto accident, contract case and so on) have different limitations. Whatever the limitation, an action must be begun within that period of time or it may be barred from being filed. There are certain rare exceptions, but for the most part this is a hard and fast rule and could prevent the action from being commenced.
Deadlines present a concern in legal matters and must always be addressed. Should you have any questions whether you are within the deadline or what can be done, feel free to contact me and I can help insure that your rights are protected.