Last night, I started re-reading the Dale Carnegie book: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. I highly recommend this book! Anyway, in it, he has a chapter on solving worrying situations. The thing is, when one is worrying, it's harder to focus on a solution.
Step 1: Ask yourself: "What is the worst that can possibly happen?"
Step 2: Prepare to accept it if you have to.
Step 3: Then calmly proceed to improve on the worst.
Okay, so what's the worst that could happen with the lawsuit? We lose and have a judgment against us and they garnish Tom's paycheck. That's pretty bad, but we could somehow survive. With Tom's hours the way they are, he could possibly take an evening job. I could take evening or weekend kids or look for an extra job if the worst happens. How can we improve on it? We can talk to the lawyers and try to work out a payment arrangement that is satisfactory to both parties.
As for what we can do RIGHT now. We've done that. We responded to the summons, now we pray and work on the next step.
Our main business is not to see what lies at dimly at a distance, but do do what lies clearly at hand-Thomas Carlyle.