How do you answer a summons?


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The proper way to answer a summons should be written on the papers delivered to you. Some courts, such as the Minnesota Judicial Branch, require you to write a written answer to admit or deny the allegations against you. Read your summons papers, and consult a lawyer if necessary.

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Your response to the summons papers may also be determined by the court in which you have been summoned to appear. For small-claims court, you may only be required to appear before a judge and defend your case against the plaintiff. The state of Massachusetts suggests that you gather all information and evidence supporting your innocence in the case and bring it on your court date.

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