Research and study the rules of civil procedures, which may vary from state to state. Accurately follow these procedures, as following incorrect procedures can result in the case being thrown out on a technicality.
Obtain and prepare the Notice of Motion to Vacate Judgment form from the court clerk. The case name, court reference number and parties involved should be identified. State reasons for filing the motion and procedural defenses or reasons for not responding to the complaint and summons during the hearing.
File the Motion and Declaration to Vacate Judgment and an Order to Show Cause with the court clerk. Submit the typed motion to the court clerk. Fill out any additional forms and pay any filing fees.
Send certified copies of the motion to the original plaintiff through certified mail with return receipt. Keep the return receipt.
Serve the notice of summons. Some courts provide this service, but a third-party service provider can often be hired for a nominal fee. The new court hearing date will be set, and notifications will be sent to all parties.
If the plaintiff offers to settle out of court, ask the plaintiff to file paperwork requesting the court to dismiss the suit. Send court documentation showing the dismissal to collection agencies or credit bureaus involved in the case.