Seeking legal advice is a good decision. You may also read books on representing yourself in court.
If you elect to represent yourself, you are responsible for filing an Answer with the Court within thirty (30) days of being served. The day after the date of service is counted as day one. If the thirtieth (30) day falls on a day when the Court is closed (a weekend or legal holiday), then the answer is due on the next day the Court is open.
You must serve a copy of the answer on the Plaintiff by either personal delivery or first class U.S. mail.