About the Answer Stage
You’ve received a summons and complaint. Now, it’s time to respond in a way that refutes the complaint and states your side. At this point, you can file several documents, including an answer and affirmative defenses. At the end of this stage, the issues to be argued at trial will be fully set out.
Things to consider when answering a complaint
It’s important to know when the answer is due. If you don’t respond in writing or appear in court by the deadline, the plaintiff may be granted a default judgment against you. You must file your answer in the court that is hearing the case, along with any affirmative defenses, usually in the same document.
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