Sec. 6 . (a) Upon the filing of a complaint under this chapter, the circuit court clerk shall issue a notice requiring the defendants to appear before the court on the day to be fixed by the plaintiff by indorsement on the complaint at the time of filing the complaint, and to show cause, if any, why the property sought to be condemned should not be acquired. The notice must also provide notice to defendants of their right to object under section 8 of this chapter not later than thirty (30) days from the date the notice is served. The notice must include, either as an attachment or as part of the language of the notice, the full text of section 8 of this chapter. The notice shall be substantially in the following form:
To the Sheriff of __________ County, Indiana:
You are hereby commanded to notify __________, defendants, to appear before the __________ Court of __________ County, Indiana on the ___ day of __________, 20__________, at __________ o'clock, ___ M. to object to the condemnation of property sought to be acquired in the complaint of __________. If defendants object to the acquisition of the property, defendants must file objections with the court under IC 32-24-1-8 not later than thirty (30) days after the date this notice is served. The court may extend the period for filing objections by an additional thirty (30) days upon written motion of the defendants.
Witness my hand and the seal of the court affixed at __________, Indiana, this ___ day of __________, 20__________.
(b) The notice shall be served in the same manner as a summons is served in civil actions. Upon a showing by affidavit that any defendant is a nonresident of Indiana or that the defendant's name or residence is unknown, publication and proof of the notice may be made as provided in section 7 of this chapter.
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