You do not know if you should respond? You MUST respond or the court will just dismiss the lien against you. First, you need to answer the suit and follow the format of the suit and answer each numbered paragraph with "admit," "deny," or "insufficient information to form a reasonable belief to the truth of the allegations in this paragraph and leave plaintiff to his proof thereof." Then after you answer all of his allegations you sign it date it and have it notarized, THEN you follow the format of his complaint and you title your document COUNTERCLAIM and you list your claim for breach of contract and payment against him.
If you prove your contract against him, the court will not only refuse to release the lien but will turn it into a judicial lien which he can only get removed by paying it. So it really is worth it to you to reply.
If you do not reply the court will release your lien and it is up to the electrician to deal with their own lien.
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