What form do I use to respond to a Court Summons for debt collection in Orange county California?

Asked almost 3 years ago - Los Angeles, CA

I have been sued for debt collection, and i need to respond within 30 days. I don't know what form should I use to respond.

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  1. Frank Wei-Hong Chen

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    Answered . If you were served with a Summons and Complaint, you should first record the date and manner in which you were served, and then retain a lawyer to file a timely response on your behalf. In most instances, for Superior Court lawsuits, you have 30 days from the date of personal service to respond to the Summons and Complaint.

    In the event you absolutely cannot afford an attorney to defend you, you can represent yourself "in pro per". You would file either an Answer or a General Denial, and pay the first appearance filing fee.

    The form for the Answer is (Judicial Council Form PLD-C-010):

    http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/pldc010.pdf

    The form for the General Denial is (Judicial Council Form PLD-050):

    http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/pld050.pdf

    If you cannot afford the first appearance filing fee, you may apply for a fee waiver. See:

    http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/lowcost/ge...

    The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice.... more
  2. Kevin Samuel Sullivan

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    Answered . You need to file an answer to the complaint. Ask the self help center at the court for help. you will check thr box marked general denial and include some affirmative defenses such as statutes of limitation. Contact a local litigation attorney.

  3. John Addison Vos

    Contributor Level 15

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    Answered . Answer or General Denial.
    Often Court have a 'self-help desk' and they can help you.

    This is general legal information, not intended to apply to your specific case. And I may not be licensed to... more

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