Whenever we begin discovery, the process can be very slow. Once we request a particular document, the responding party has 30 days to respond to that and oftentimes they need additional time. Consequently, it takes a long time to get prepared for trial. We caution patience throughout the whole process.
The most challenging part, besides the time it takes, is getting the response to the written document request. Often you get the attorney on the other side making objections and refusing to respond to a question. And based on the objections, you need to confer with the other attorney and explain that the objections lack merit.
The whole process can be even more challenging if you cannot get it resolved through a meeting with the other side. Sometimes you deal with obstructionist counsel who are unwilling to provide documents that should be provided, so you have to struggle through that process and bring it to the attention of the court, which can be frustrating, time consuming, and expensive.