Being served with a debt collection lawsuit in Georgia is nothing more than having either a private process server or a sheriff come to your home and hand the lawsuit to either you or someone of an appropriate age (at their discretion). Despite popular belief, you do not have to sign anything to be served with the lawsuit. If you volunteer yourself to the clerk’s office or sheriff’s dept to “acknowledge” the service of the lawsuit, you may sign something at that point acknowledging service but there is no requirement that you do this. Invalid service of the lawsuit is a defense to the lawsuit if asserted properly.
The most important thing to understand about being served with a debt collection lawsuit in Georgia is that from that date of service, you have thirty days to respond by filing an Answer with the court.
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