It appears that the Petitioner has filed the papers necessary to have a judgment entered against the Respondent. The Petitioner will be requested by the court to state why the requested judgment essentially complies with CA law. If you are the Respondent, you definitely should seek legal counsel. You can consult with a lawyer about your question for little or no cost through a lawyer referral service in your area. You can find your nearest lawyer referral service by clicking on the link below.
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I agree with Mr. Richardson, if you area the Respondent in this matter, you should consider filing a motion to set aside your default. At the default prove-up hearing, which is undoubtedly coming up, the court will hear the Petitioner's side of things without giving you any opportunity to participate.
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I agree with the prior answers. In my opinion, assuming you are the Respondent, you should file a motion asking the court for permission to file your Response. If the court allows you to file your Response, the case will be at issue, and you will have an opportunity to protect your legal interests. If the Petitioner obtains a default judgment prior to the court hearing your motion, you should file a motion asking the court to set aside the default judgment and allow you to file your Response. In my experience, courts are generally inclined to grant permission to file a Response late. You should also contact the Petitioner in writing and inquire whether they are willing to voluntarily grant you an extension of time to file your Response. Keep copies of all correspondence and documents.
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