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I have a case pending where my wife and I are defendants. I

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I have a case pending where my wife and I are defendants. I filed for an answer and appearance, but my wife did not. Does she have to file as well and what happens if she does not?
JA: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in?
Customer: Illinois
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: A case has been filed against us in circuit court
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 6 months ago.


I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.

Yes, she needs to file an Answer. If she doesn't, she will automatically lose the case, and she forfeits the right to defend herself. The answer can be as short as "Defendant [Name] denies the allegations in the Complaint and calls upon the Plaintiff to prove them," but she does have to respond to the Summons and Complaint to avoid a default.

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Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 6 months ago.

Do you have any other questions about this?