I'm the landlord's daughter and am helping my mom fill out documents for an eviction. I submitted an entry for default but it was rejected. Can the clerk tell me why it was rejected? Or is that considered helping? How can I know why if they will not tell me why?
Clerk's are generally forbidden to give legal advice. However, you can always try - especially if it is just a procedural mistake.
Otherwise, consult a local landlord-tenant attorney. Many offer a free initial consultation.
Oftentimes, the reject notice from the clerk will say what is wrong. But if it doesn't, talk to a lawyer, show him or her your paperwork, complete a correct request for default, and resubmit it to the court.
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