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Created May, 2000

Understanding "Discovery" - Sharing Information in the Probate and Family Court

has information about the process of "discovery," which is the means by which the parties in a court action gather information from each other so that they can build a stronger case and improve their chances of getting the Court to order what they are looking for. Discovery makes it possible for you to gain access to information and documents in the possession of the other party. It also makes it possible for the other party to gain access to information in your possession.    This article also has information about "mandatory disclosure," a procedure under which parties are required to give information to each other without having to ask for it.  In some cases you will not need to perform discovery beyond what is required by mandatory disclosure. In others, it will be important to your case. Discovery is especially important when there are contested issues or assets.

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