I got served papers for court but, I have to work wanted to send a relative to answer plus, I wrote a letter to authorize this this is only to get a court date nothing else can that be done.
Someone who is not an attorney cannot represent someone else in court. It’s actually a crime.
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Is the court case a Housing Court nonpayment proceeding? If so, your relative isn't simply going to court to obtain an initial court date, your relative would impersonate you to enter an Answer at the Housing Court Clerk.
Rather than commit a crime, take advantage of the free do it yourself forms online at the Housing Court website, prepare your Answer online and print the sets required for service upon the landlord's attorney, follow the directions for proper service and preparation of an affidavit of service.
Then your relative is a mere transporter of the answer with proof of service when filing the Answer and securing your first court date.
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