What is the first thing that I should do if I am served with a summons and complaint in Florida?

The first thing that you should do is relax, don’t panic, read the summons carefully, it would outline that you have twenty days to respond to the petition. At that time read the petition carefully and make sure that you file an answer with the court in a timely manner. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to what’s specifically outlined in the petition then it is in your best interest to seek out the help of an attorney. If you don’t respond you will face the consequence of being defaulted, meaning that your rights and your stance in the matter will not be considered by the court.