File as Answer to Small Claims
In Texas small claims court, when served with a lawsuit, you should begin by thoroughly reviewing the citation and petition you receive, which will outline the plaintiff's claims. Subsequently, complete a written answer, available as a standardized form in most cases, in which you admit or deny each allegation and present any counter claims or defenses you may have. File this answer with the relevant justice of the peace court within the specified time-frame, typically a few weeks from service, and serve a copy on the plaintiff. Attend the scheduled hearing, where both parties will present their cases, and consider the possibility of a settlement. Throughout the process, adhere to court procedures and rules, which can vary slightly by county, to ensure a fair resolution in Texas small claims court.
1. Download the Document
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to download the document(s) and complete them.
2. Make Service Payment
Please note that any court filing fees, if applicable, are your responsibility, and the service payment you have made is non-refundable.
3. Send us the Document(s)
Please send us the document(s) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
, and please ensure to thoroughly review the document before returning it to us.
4. eFile Account Setup and eFile
We will establish an eFiling account for you to submit your document(s) to the court electronically. After the filing is complete, you will receive an envelope number from the court system.
Please reach out to the court to inquire about the filing's status.
Note: While eFiling, it is not uncommon that the filings get rejected. We kindly ask for your understanding, as document rejections can occur due to various factors like missing information, incorrect formatting, outdated documents, documents' size, etc. The court filing fees deducted from the account will be returned back to the account within 3 to 10 business days, depending on financial policies of the banks/credit companies.