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In a situation like this, Frank needs to retain an attorney in Illinois. If he lives in Florida, he is not going to want to commute back and forth for every court appearance and unless he wants to represent himself, legal counsel needs to be retained and appear on his behalf. If he fails to respond, a default will be entered against him and he will lose the building, to his son, who is trying to steal it. The Illinois Bar has an attorney referral service set up and the link is below, so that is the best place for him to start.