Illinois - Appearance (Civil Cases)

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Service Fee$59
Court Fees$200 (approx if you do not have a court fee waiver).
Service Included
1. You Complete the Form Online
2. We File

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Entry of Appearance?

Entry of Appearance is a legal form that tells the Court and other parties that the respondent is participating in the case. This form also lets the court know whether you want the case decided by the Jury and the judge or the Judge. Your name and address are included in the form so that other parties involved in the case can reach you.

When do I use this form?

This form is used in most of civil cases. In case, someone sues you and you want to participate in the court case, you need to file an Entry of Appearance form to the court. Without this form, you cannot participate in the case and the court may go ahead in the case without you.
Also, if your lawyer stops representing your case and you are going to represent yourself in the Court, then you need to file an Entry of Appearance. But, you do not need to file this if you are starting a new case without a lawyer.


What do I need to know before filing an Entry of Appearance?

To complete the filing process, you will need to know:

  • The names and addresses of the parties.
  • The court case number; AND
  • If the other parties have a lawyer.

How much does it cost to file an entry of appearance?

It takes about $200 approximately to file an entry of appearance in Illinois.


What if I cannot pay for the court fees?

If you are unable to afford the cost of an appearance, you can always ask the court to waive your filing fees. To do this, you need to fill these forms - Fee Waiver Application and Order for Waiver of Court Fees. However, this DOES NOT imply our service fees for e-filing your document.


Is there any deadline for filing an appearance?

Yes, there is a deadline on filing an appearance, depending on your case. If you do not file the appearance form on time, you might lose the right to participate in your case.


Where can I find the deadline to file an Appearance?

You can find the deadline to file the Appearance on other court papers that you have received like Complaint or Summons. They have the information for the required dates.



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