You need a lawyer. I assume that the summons was issued from a NC court, so here’s a link which will list some NC attorneys who may be able to help:
Given that you have less than nine hours until our courts open up, you don’t have a lot of options. One option would be to call an attorney in the county where the action is calendared and try to obtain representation in the morning. If that won’t work, you might try calling the clerk in the county of the action tomorrow morning in hopes of getting a message relayed to the judge that you are out of state and only received the summons yesterday. Here’s a link from our website listing the superior court clerks by county:
Good luck to you.
David L. McGuire
The Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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