In North Carolina you generally only have 30 days to file a written Answer with the Court after you have been served. In Small Claims Court, no written Answer is required, but the actual hearing is often in a week or less. Failure to file a written Answer often results in the Judgment against you without there even being a hearing date. When served with a lawsuit filed in District or Superior Court there is no Court date listed on the paperwork. This confuses many people who assume they just need to wait for that date to appear in the mail. They fail to realize that Court date may never happen because failure to file a written Answer with the Court denying the debt results in a Default Judgment without a hearing. NEVER Ignore a lawsuit...
Upon being sued you should: