Answering Your Civil Court Summons in 6 Easy Steps

Answering Your Civil Court Summons in 6 Easy StepsAnswering Your Civil Court Summons in 6 Easy Steps

1. Fill in Defendant information.

2. Enter Plaintiff and Trial Info

3. Mark all applicable Exempt Income, if any.

4.Answer each pleading complaint paragraph with three options.

5. Add Affirmative Defenses, if any.

6. Review and print your documents.

When you use to fill out an answer for your civil suit, you will have detailed instructions on each one of the sections as well as a 3 minute video tutorial to review. Remember, is not an attorney service, so if you need further assistance with your summons response, please contact a legal professional.

Selecting an Attorney

Selecting an attorneySelecting an Attorney to Help you Fight a Collection Case

Choosing a lawyer is not as easy as leafing through a Yellow Pages. One must consider a lot of variables when selecting an attorney to represent you in a collection matter. Whether the lawsuit is for a past due credit card or a medical bill, a repossessed car or a student loan having someone experienced in you corner is very important.

One of the best ways is to get a referral from a friend, but sometimes it may be difficult to ask a friend about a lawyer. You may not want them to know that you are getting sued. So another good way is to use a referral service like one provided by the Bar Association. You may also look into some online services, such as When it comes to religion legal issues, church law attorney, Dan Beirute can prove as a great place to start. Regardless, be sure to do your best and find real reviews of attorney, not just testimonials posted on the personal websites. Plus, contact Hoyer Law Firm today for consultation, which is never a thing to reject.

Once you have two or three in mind, start the interview process. Call the lawyers and ask as many questions about their practice as you can. Be sure to talk about your case and get a feel for how well they understand your predicament from a legal perspective. Of course these methods are not foolproof, but at least you will get a sense of who you are dealing with.

In the meantime, be sure to answer your summons within the allowed time by the court. This will give you more time to interview and find a better lawyer to assist you in your litigation. Naturally, if you find someone in time, the attorney may respond to your lawsuit themselves.

Certificate of Service Form

Certificate of Service FormCertificate of Service Form for a Civil Suit

The certificate of service is the section of a pleading or motion that certifies that the party filing the document has sent a copy of the document to the opposing party or his lawyer.

A certificate of service is a statement of the date and manner in which a copy of a pleading, motion, or other documents was served on all parties or their counsel of record.

The information must include the, how the service was done (ie, certified mail), The date of service, and name and address of the individual served.

A failure to file a certificate of service may result in a Notice of Failure to Comply and sanctions imposed by the court.

Be sure to contact a legal professional for advice.

Pro Se Notice of Appearance

Pro Se Notice of Appearance Pro Se Notice of Appearance form for a Civil Suit

Pro Se means without an attorney. The notice to appear states that you would like to be made aware of all proceeding in the court case you are responding to. So the notice to appear for basically states that you are appearing without an attorney and want to be kept up to date with all the court actions on your case at the address and contact information you provided in your summons response and the notice of appearance form.

For more information and legal advice, please contact an attorney.

Affirmative Defenses Form

Affirmative Defenses FormAffirmative Defenses Form for a Civil Suit Summons Response

An affirmative defense, affirms (declare one’s support for; uphold or defend) that the condition is occurring or has occurred but offers a defense that bars, or prevents, the plaintiff’s claim. An affirmative defense is known, alternatively, as a justification, or an excuse, defense. Consequently, affirmative defenses limit or excuse a defendant’s civil liability.

[For more information you may want to familiarize 
yourself with the Wikiedia definition and/or contact 
an attorney]

The document will give you some options for common affirmative defenses, which include, but are not limited to statute of limitations, usury, consent, and others. The document will also have your court case number, your case caption, contact information and other necessary data.

An affirmative defense is not mandatory in order to file a summons response. For more information contact a legal professional.