How to Answer a Lawsuit
So, you have been served with a document. In the document, the other party (petitioner) has complained about your actions or inactions.
This is called a complaint or petition.
Now, it is your turn to file an answer. If you are filing an answer by yourself, there are several ways to reply to the complaint.
In Texas, your answer must be in writing and signed by you (the person whom they are complaining about).
Your document must contain the case number and court number.
Next, indicate who you are and your relationship to the case. Then, you write your response to the complaint. What is your version of what happened?
There is a general rule of thumb: Less is more.
Finally, sign the document and provide your information, including your address, phone number, and e-mail address.
You need to talk to an attorney about your defenses and what you should state. You don’t want to implicate yourself.
Therefore, unless you are generally denying all the allegations, you need to raise your defense, if any.
Call (832) 529-1255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to speak with an attorney right away.
To File an Answer
After you have written your answer, submit it to the clerk of the court.
For low income families and individuals, there are forms from TexasLawHelp that you can fill and submit to the clerk of the court.