I am being sued for an outstanding credit card bill from Chase. The summon indicated that i have 30 days to respond. I want to make arrangement to pay this dept and avoid going to court.
Should i contact the plaintiff directly to try and arrange payment and ask them to drop the complaint? And do i also have to respond to the court as well?
You should contact whoever is suing you and attempt to work out an arrangement that is suitable to both parties to avoid going to court.
They may agree to something called a stipulated judgment. That means if you fail to make the payment arrangements as you might agree to they can skip suing you and go straight for a judgment against you and go for garnishing your wages if that is permitted in your state.
If you are unable to work out an arrangement before the date you must respond to the court, you must respond to the court as indicated.
There is no replacement for seeking advice from an attorney licensed in your state for specific legal advice.