Representing Yourself

Individuals have the right to be represented by an attorney, or to represent themselves. If you decide to represent yourself, please read Representing Yourself in Court (PDF) at the Texas Court Help website.

Help for Self-Represented Litigants

Please visit the Texas Office of Court Administration Self-Represented Litigants page, the Texas Justice Court Training Center page, and the Texas Law Library website for assistance. You may file Evictions and Small Claims online using eFile Texas Self-Help, where you will also find forms available for printing to file Occupational Driver License and Repair and Remedy cases in person or by mail.

Finding the Registered Agent of a Corporation

To sue a corporation, you must find the name and address of the Registered Agent, President, or Vice President of the corporation. When you file your suit, you will be filing against the corporation and serving the citation on one of the above-mentioned officers of the corporation. To obtain this information, contact the Secretary of State’s Public Information Department at 512-463-5555, or email the Texas Secretary of State about corporations.

Out-of-County Service

To sue a defendant outside Denton County, you must provide the name and address of the Constable or Sheriff for service of citation and a separate money order for that agency’s fee (contact appropriate agency for payment amount and information).

Discovery

Any requests for pretrial discovery must be presented to the court for approval.

Answer

Small claim and debt claim cases: Defendant has fourteen days following the day of service of citation to file a written answer with the court. If the 14th day is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the answer is due by the end of the first day following the 14th day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. A default judgment may be taken against a defendant who fails to answer. For service by publication, see Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.

Plaintiff Must Request Default Judgment

In most cases, if the defendant does not answer a small claims or debt claims case after being served with citation, the plaintiff must request a hearing for a default judgment (see Rule 503.1 for more information). First go to Judicial Records Search page on the Denton County website to find out if the citation has been served in your case. Keep in mind that it may take several weeks to serve the defendant.