If you have been served with a summons and complaint, it is essential that you respond in a timely manner to prevent a default from being entered against you. The summons itself provides you with instructions as to how to respond, and when. Generally, you have 20 days from the date of service upon you to file a written response with the Clerk of the Court, and to serve a copy upon the plaintiff, or the plaintiff's attorney. It is not necessary for you to personally appear before the Clerk,...