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How to write a Letter of Appearance in divorce Summons

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What should the details of a general appearance letter contain as per New Jersey State Court Rule 5:4-3(a)?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  rvlaw replied 8 years ago.

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Have you been served with a summons AND complaint?


Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Yes I have been served a summons and complaint. I want to file a General apperance to make sure that what is read in court is the same terms I agreed to.
Expert:  rvlaw replied 8 years ago.

I read the rule to verify that you did not have to answer the complaint. Here's what you do:

Use the caption a the top of the summons and complaint...the court; the names of the parties...X v Y, etc. In the spot where they have "summons" and "complaint" type in NOTICE OF APPEARANCE ON YOURS.

Then type:

The defendant __________hereby appears in this action pursuant to Court rule_________"

Follow the format at the end of theirs.

Send a copy to the other attorney/plaintiff. Prepare an affidavit of service indicating that you have done so. File the original notice of appearance and affidavit of service with the court. It is usually required that a person other than yourself mail the copy to the other side and fill out the affidavit of service.


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