The Sheriff will give the summons to the defendant by hand. They can also give it to someone who lives with the defendant who is at least 13 years old. Next, the Sheriff fills out a sworn statement on the back of the copy of the summons. Then, they file it with the Clerk of the Court. The Court must have a record that the Sheriff served the summons.
The summons is the court document that requires the defendant to respond to the complaint and fixes a date when the court will hear the case. In some other states, as we hinted at earlier, the two documents are combined and are called simply a summons or a complaint.
Ask the clerk to stamp the other two copies you brought with you. Keep one copy for your records and mail a copy of your Answer to the attorney for the debt buyer. Most courts will not send the plaintiff a copy of your Answer so it is important you do this so they know not to proceed with the paperwork for a default judgment.