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This question is for legal eagle or any available civil law lawyer...I have a civil law question. I need to respond to a Summons filed against me for old credit card debt. It was filed on July 18 and says that I have 30 days to respond. Today is 30 calendar days but I am wondering if I have any additional time based on how the court counts days?
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Also, I can only find a PLD 050 General Denial form and I am not dening - I simply want to respond. which form should I use?

The relevant time frame is counted by calendar days, not business days:

You have 30 days AFTER the date you are served to file a response with the court. The 30 days include weekend days and court holidays. If the last day falls on a day that the court is closed, you have until the next day that the court is open.

http://www.courts.ca.gov/1322.htm

instructions on filing:

http://www.courts.ca.gov/1089.htm

Please see:

http://calcountylawlib.libguides.com/content.php?pid=695887&sid=5785281

The court only prepares forms for those forms that are most popular; here are a list of forms that are "pro forma" for responding to a lawsuit.

http://saclaw.org/wp-content/uploads/lrg-responding-to-a-lawsuit.pdf

If a party is not using one of those forms they would need to submit their answer on pleading paper.

http://sandiegolawlibrary.org/pleading-paper-template/

Then the respondent can put down all the information they feel is relevant.

If no response is filed the case will have a default judgment entered, entering the relief as requested by the plaintiff.

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