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How much time do I have to serve notice?
SERVICE MUST BE DONE
If defendant lives: Service of process completed before hearing date:
In the county 15 days
Outside the county 20 days

There are strict rules that must be followed when serving court papers.


For help with the rules on serving court papers, go to the California Courts website

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