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Types of Summons

Mail a Copy to the Plaintiff
Mail a Copy to the Plaintiff

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.

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Make Copies for the Plaintiff and Yourself
Make Copies for the Plaintiff and Yourself

If you want the Sheriff to serve your summons, take the summons to the Sheriff. You will need one original and two copies, with the complaint attached to each one. The Sheriff will give the summons to the defendant by hand.

Read the Complaint Carefully
Read the Complaint Carefully

Read the complaint carefully when you are served with a summons. Think about your answer and make some notes. Gather any supporting documents to help you.

Sign and Date the Answer
Sign and Date the Answer

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.

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Write Your Answer
Write Your Answer

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.

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