When being sued by credit card company, does the 20 days to answer start from the filing date or the date of the summons notice?

Asked over 1 year ago - Las Vegas, NV

Date of the filing by the law firm way the end of March 2013, but I just got the summons today June 15th. I'm not sure when the clock started ticking for an answer. Also the summons was left on my door step out in the open, and not in any sort of envelope. It was not handed to anyone. In fact it could have blown away with all the gusty wind we have here. Is this legal?

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  1. Malik W. Ahmad

    Contributor Level 13

    Answered . From the date of service of summons.
    After the completion of these 20 days, the plaintiffs can request the court for a default judgment. The time does not start clicking from the date of filing of lawsuit. The summons does not have to be in any envelope. I am surprised they just left at the door. You can also challenge the service of summons, however, once you receive it, more than likely you are served. Now, the hard part. Was this a lawsuit for collection of money? No big deal here, you can file an answer within 20 days. If you don't have the technical knowledge, our law office can help you in representing this case. We can also do settlement, or file bankruptcy in the alternate. You need to move quickly because inaction would be no good as this would give the other party a free hand in the form of a default judgment and later collection, garnishment or execution of any kind. Call or meet us for a free advice. It is always good to talk to a knowledgeable attorney in these matters. Once you get a judgment, it become difficult to get it vacated as this would also be reported to credit bureaus.

    Only see a licensed attorney before you make any decision. This answer may not be perfect in any given situation.... more
  2. Richard Edmund Hawkins


    Contributor Level 16

    Answered . 20 days from service.

    Simply leaving a summons at a house is not service under Nevada law--but an affidavit of service was likely filed anyway.

  3. Jonathan David Warner


    Contributor Level 11


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . In general, most States' laws hold that the statute of limitations begins on the day that the Summons is properly served. You should speak to a local attorney to confirm that you have a complete understanding of your legal rights and obligations.
    Good luck with your case!

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