What is a Lawsuit Summons?
A summons must accompany a complaint when a lawsuit is filed by the plaintiff. A summons is a formal notice given to the defendant that a lawsuit has been filed against them. In plain terms, the summons acts as an instruction guide for the party to let them know exactly what to do next. It will state what day they need to appear in court (if appropriate) and the proper address and time frame to respond to the complaint with an answer.