You’ve received a Summons and Complaint. Now what?
When a lawsuit is started against you, the Plaintiff will have you served with a Summons and Complaint. These documents formally notify you that a lawsuit has been initiated, and what the lawsuit is about. For most types of lawsuits, the law requires you to file a written response with the court within 30 calendar days after you are served, if you wish to contest the case. By filing a response, you establish that you are contesting the case and requiring the plaintiff to prove their case at trial in order to win.
If you do not file your response in time, the other party may get a default judgment against you. This means that the other party wins the case, and the court will not consider anything you have to say. The other party can begin enforcing this judgment by garnishing your wages, placing liens on your property, or levying your bank accounts.