What Are Entry of Appearance, Waiver of Summons and Waiver of Notice of Hearing?


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Entry of Appearance and Waiver of Service is a legal form through which responding parties acknowledge receipt of a petition and waive official delivery, according to Your Missouri Courts. A party to a case signs a Waiver of Notice of Hearing to give up his right to notification of hearings.

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After a legal petition is officially acknowledged as received and official service by personal service or a process server is waived via the Entry of Appearance and Waiver of Service, the respondent has a limited period of time to answer the petition. In Missouri, that period of time is 30 days, states Your Missouri Courts.

A Waiver of Notice of Hearing, once signed, means that a party gives up his right to be notified of hearings related to a case even when those hearings relate to the party's interests, according to USLegal and Investopedia. The waiver usually is used to make legal proceedings, such as probate cases, run more efficiently, states Investopedia. The three forms together serve to notify a party of a petition and waive the right to know of hearings related to the petition.

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