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When were you served?
Are you saying you don't think that you can find a lawyer in time to meet the deadline?
If you cannot, have you spoken to the lawyer acting for the plaintiff and have you asked for an extension of time to put in your defence?
You first have to make a request to the lawyer. You can't simply go to court and bring a motion for an extension without asking the lawyer.
You first have to ask the lawyer for an extension. If the lawyer says no then you can bring an application to the court for the extension but you have to serve the lawyer with that application. It is not possible to cut the lawyer out.
It is very unlikely that the lawyer will not agree to an extension. In fact it is essentially on heard of when you need an extension so that you can find a lawyer.
So the lawyer will most likely consent to the extension and if they lawyer does then send the lawyer a confirming email confirming that the lawyer has agreed to this extension.
Do you see what I mean?