Where can I find a sample letter of a response to a summons?

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Where can I find a sample letter of a response to a summons?

Asked on September 12, 2012 under Family Law, Florida

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S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

You will need to file an answer to the complaint (the complaint is the lawsuit attached to the summons).  You file your answer with the court within the time set forth in the summons and serve it by mail on the opposing party's attorney or if no attorney, serve it on the opposing party within the time set forth in the summons.

At the law library, look for answer to complaint in the index of Pleading and Practice.  This will give you the general format for an answer to a complaint.  The answer denies the allegations in the complaint.  At the end of the answer is the verification which you sign and date under penalty of perjury.  The verification attests to the veracity of your statements in the answer.

File the answer to the complaint, with verification and a proof of service with the court and serve a copy by mail on the opposing party's attorney or the opposing party.  You can either use a court form proof of service or you can write your own.  If you write your own proof of service, it just says that you are at least eighteen years old and the attached documents were sent via first class mail unless stated otherwise to ___________ (name and address of opposing party's attorney or opposing party) on __________ (date).  You sign and date at the bottom.  The date you sign should be the same as the date of mailing and the same date you file your documents with the court.

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