Hello, I'm a pro se defendant in a foreclosure suit in which the Bank is suing for Quiet Title. My first motion was for an Extension of Time to file my pre-answer motion to dismiss the case as I needed time to do the research and I work full time as well.
It took 2 months for a hearing date and while I was waiting, I was able to turn in my pre-answer motion to dismiss. However the Plaintiff put in a Request for Default seven days before I was able to file my pre-answer motion to dismiss into the court.
The motion for more time was denied (which I didn’t need now anyways), but I’m worried about the default since plaintiff did file before my pre-answer was filed. Should I oppose their request, or file a motion to set aside even though the court has not granted it to them?
SD Superior Court; Judge Yuri Hofmann; Thank you! As far as their request, it's not clear ... they did not fill out which option they are trying to get. They used CIV-100, but they didn't check an option in the heading, nor did they check option (d) or (e) under section 1, so I have no idea if they are requesting from the clerk or the judge. Also, there was no affidavit or amount filled out. I read case law that said those options are supposed to be declared or they don't satisfy - Because plaintiff did not comply with the notice requirements, the judgment is void and must be vacated. A complaint that merely prays for damages according to proof without specifying any amount cannot satisfy section 580. (Becker v. S.P.V. Construction Co., Inc) Also, I did make appearances by filing fee waivers, motions for time and this seems as proof that I was appearing to defend myself. Are any of these valid to use as an Answer and Obejctions to Plaintiff's Request for Entry of Default Judgment?
Real Estate Attorney
Ask Plaintiff to stipulate to setting aside the default and allowing your motion to dismiss to be heard. If they will you can submit the stipulation to the judge and get a hearing date. If they will not you will have to move to set aside the default after it is entered.
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Corporate / Incorporation Lawyer
A clerk's entry of default and a default judgment are separate and distinct procedures. From your question it is not clear which one of the two "...has not been granted..." yet. If it was the clerk's entry of default, you could probably file a motion to set aside the entry of default. However, before filing your motion, you should probably contact the bank's attorney and attempt to resolve the matter by stipulation. You should keep in mind that you will bear the burden of proving that you are entitled to relief from entry of default, and that you will have to present competent evidence.
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