Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 09, 2011
Finding overwhelming success serving its home state of California, Los Angeles-based SummonsResponse.com, which provides users with an online interactive system to generate the necessary paperwork needed to respond to a breach of contract or collections summons, has expanded to serve customers throughout the United States.
Over the past three-plus years, millions of Americans have fallen behind on their bills. As a result, thousands of debt collection lawsuits have been filed by those seeking unpaid compensation and thousands of defendants have lost their cases by default due to the lack of information, the expense, or the complexity associated with answering a summons.
Seeing a growing need for an easy-to-use, affordable, fast and reliable way for the public to fill out their answers to these summonses, mediator Alex Dukhovny established SummonsResponse.com in 2008 to serve California residents.
“There was a clear need for a service such as this,” said Dukhovny, who also serves as the company’s CEO. “We have helped thousands of California residents, and it’s time to expand to provide the rest of the country with the guidance and tools they need to stand up for themselves.”
Dukhovny designed SummonsResponse.com, which charges a flat, competitive fee of $34.95, to be as user-friendly as possible. It is not an e-book or a document package, rather it is a complete system.
Users complete a short series of simple questions in order to generate a properly formatted legal response to a lawsuit along with many other necessary documents. At the end of the process, users can immediately print out their response documents, serve the plaintiff and file them with the court. Doing so allows them to receive all information related to their case, including hearing dates, times and more.
“Oftentimes, people don’t know what to do when they receive a summons and end up ignoring it – either because they’re confused or assume they can’t afford to address it,” Dukhovny said. “Collection companies count on this because anyone who does not respond to a summons automatically loses their case.”
Those who lose their cases can have their wages garnished, receive a lien on their property and levies on their bank accounts.
Many cases taken to court can be based on inaccurate or incomplete information, which is why Dukhovny encourages everyone to address a civil suit filed against them. By filing an answer, defendants establish that they are contesting the case and requesting the plaintiff to prove the case at trial to win. Defendants have the chance to receive a favorable outcome if they respond to the summons and show up to their hearing. More so, just by answering, the defendants are not waiving any right to still be able to negotiate a resolution to their lawsuit through mediation or other alternative method.
“This service gives people a fighting chance,” Dukhovny said. “It’s a one-stop site that allows users to respond to their summons effectively without having to track down paperwork, do hours of research and learn all about court proceedings.”
Dukhovny, who also owns Right Triangle Mediation, has nearly 10 years of industry experience and has mediated hundreds of small claims, limited and unlimited jurisdiction cases. He has also published a number of articles on mediation.
Time allotted to respond to a summons varies by state and can range from as few as 15 days to as many as 45 days. Deadlines can be found on the summons and complaint document.