2. Wait to see if the other side responds
After the defendant is served, they usually have 30 days to respond. This means filing a response in court. Depending on how (and if) they respond, you have some options for the next steps.
Wait 30 days
After the defendant is personally served the Summons and Complaint, they have 30 days to file a response with the court and have a copy delivered (served) to you. If your server used substituted service, the defendant has 40 days from when the papers were mailed to file a response if your server used substituted service.
At any point, if you and the other side want to try to work something out, you can talk to the other side or get help from a mediator to come to an agreement without going to court (or in addition to going to court). You can also agree to give the defendant more time to file a response if you're trying to reach an agreement.
Depending on your next step, you may need to get ready for a trial, ask for a default judgment, or dismiss the case.
Prepare your case
Share evidence with the other side (discovery), try to reach an agreement, and keep the court updated on your status.
Get a default judgment
Get step-by-step instructions for asking for a default and a default judgment
Dismiss your case
Get step-by-step instructions about how to dismiss your case