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Why Dates Are Important

Why do dates matter?

Having accurate dates is the first indicator of whether a claim exists or not. Dates are also pieces of evidence used to prove your claim. Proving dates can be done by digital communications, letters, appointments, receipts, and signature dates. The most important date is when the harm giving rise to the damage occurred.

An accurate timeline provides the court an outline. Remember, you need to be 51% correct so if you don’t know the exact date, you may provide an educated guess.

The other factor to consider is the Statute of Limitations. Squabble covers this in-depth in another article. Time starts ticking for most claims. In short, it is the time allowed to bring a claim against a defendant.

Here is an example:

Paulette has been having issues with her car. She brought the vehicle to a mechanic. The mechanic determines that whoever made repairs to critical parts of the car is responsible for the issues.

Paulette finds her receipts and shares them with the mechanic. The mechanic identifies which receipts match current issues. Paulette now must gather information.

She finds the insurance reports, intake documents, bill statements, and final estimate for Dale’s Auto Repair. Each of these has dates she uses to create a timeline for her claim. Now she has an outline to add evidence to and why the original mechanic owes Paulette a remedy.

Here is an example:

Michael got hurt a few years ago. It was so long ago that it wasn’t worth the trouble finding out if he is owed anything.

Michael reads a Squabble article about the Statute of Limitations. He then checks his jurisdiction and sees what the limit is for personal injury. Michael only has two months left to file before his claims expire! He then fills out the Squabble app and saves his claim! Squabble files his claim in court within 3 days.

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