How to Respond to an Out of State Summons

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Contact your attorney to help you write a response to the summons. If you do not have an attorney, write one yourself. Include why you feel the court should rule in your favor. State difficulty to appear because you live out of state and request to appear by phone.

Mail a copy of your response to the county clerk's office in the location where the case has been filed within 20 days. The contact information is included with the certified summons letter. This is considered your official, legal response.

Mail a second copy to the other party's attorney, if he has one, or to the individual or company if he does not within 20 days. The contact information for the other party is also in the certified summons letter.

Schedule travel arrangements to appear in court as stated in the summons letter. You must appear in court whether or not you live in the state, unless the judge allows you to appear by phone. You put yourself in jeopardy of losing the case automatically if you do not appear.

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