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What is a Summons?

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A summons is a legal document officially notifying someone of their required appearance in a court of law. A summons notifies an individual of a civil case filed against them, or their need to defend themselves in a court of law or hearing. When serving someone with a summons, it is officially telling them that they are being sued. Summons are typically served by a process server to ensure it’s served correctly; it is also required to officially notify an individual of a summons. Some states do allow for mailed service or electronic notification. If a person is not properly served a summons, it may be thrown out in a court of law. If you do not appear in court, you may lose the case by default. Regardless of the type of case, one should always go to court if they receive a summons. If you are considering not showing up to court, we recommend contacting a lawyer. A warrant for your arrest may be issued if you fail to show up to your court date.

In case you are unaware of this, a summons is usually accompanied with a complaint. If you are unsure what a complaint is, or want clarification, go to our article explaining it here.

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