How to Answer a Civil Summons


Dear murph245:

Greetings. Answer the summons? No, no, you answer a complaint. The summons is just an informational document filed with the complaint to ensure that you know you must answer the complaint. Thanks

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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Charlotte, North Carolina 28262
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I have found all kinds of information on how to file and fill out a Civil Summons, but nothing about how to answer the summons. Can you please help me so I can get this complete?