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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Child Support and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: A creditor has a summary judgement against me. I had a lawyer look over exemption paperwork. What's next?

I live in NC. House is fully protected by TBE. All assets are 100% fully protected. No wage garnishment in NC and I cash my paper check at a check cashing business. I deal in cash only. I have no bank account. I tried to negotiate with them before they sued and because they didn't work with... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 13, 2022

Most likely, yes. Looks like you are judgment proof so they can’t get anything. Just be sure you keep it that way and you should be fine.

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Child Support and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: A creditor has a summary judgement against me. I had a lawyer look over exemption paperwork. What's next?

I live in NC. House is fully protected by TBE. All assets are 100% fully protected. No wage garnishment in NC and I cash my paper check at a check cashing business. I deal in cash only. I have no bank account. I tried to negotiate with them before they sued and because they didn't work with... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Nov 13, 2022

If the judgment is accruing post judgment interest, you may wish to consider filing bankruptcy or settling rather than waiting it out. Judgments are good for 10 years and are easily renewed for another 10 years. Your only dangers in waiting them out is that your assets may appreciate and become not... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Collections, Small Claims and Civil Litigation for North Carolina on
Q: Can a home furniture store have someone arrested in North Carolina?

My mom rented a tv and bed from a buddies home furniture store, she has made all her payments on time but she was in a wreck and has missed 3. She is going to catch them up but needs time but the store manager isn’t very nice and is demanding the payment or item or he will press criminal charges.... Read more »

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Nov 11, 2022

Yes it's possible. She hasn't made all her payments; she's missed 3. If you want to make certain that nothing happens to mom, make the payments on her behalf.

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2 Answers | Asked in Collections, Small Claims and Civil Litigation for North Carolina on
Q: Can a home furniture store have someone arrested in North Carolina?

My mom rented a tv and bed from a buddies home furniture store, she has made all her payments on time but she was in a wreck and has missed 3. She is going to catch them up but needs time but the store manager isn’t very nice and is demanding the payment or item or he will press criminal charges.... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Nov 11, 2022

Criminal charges can be brought for intentional failure to return rent to own property. Intent may be presumed if she has disposed of the property, or has encumbered the property by

allowing a security interest to be placed on the property or by delivering the property to a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: Name of the Motion to substitute one exempt vehicle for a used vehicle purchased due to change in circumstances?

Owe about $80K in card debt, 6/2020 judgment-11/18/2022 writ execu against husband only-Amer Exp Ntl Bank; (cards mostly charged by me--bipolar/manic). We rec'd Not 2 Claim Exemp which was completed & filed w/ atty help. About $10K in bank which inc bill $. Live in NC, own home-both names... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Nov 6, 2022

The recent car you purchased is NOT exempt. Property purchased within last 90 days is NEVER exempt, whether bankruptcy or non bankruptcy. You cannot substitute this vehicle for the one that died. Consider having antother consultation with an attorney for a second opinion ASAP. You can keep... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for North Carolina on
Q: What is the difference between a premium lawyer and a normal lawyer? Do they come with extra features?
Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Oct 24, 2022

If you are speaking about references to attorneys on this web site, there is no difference. "Premium" attorneys pay for placement and advertising on this site. Others who have profiles here do not pay for advertising and actually many do not use this service through answering questions,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I executed a new deed adding my wife in NC last year creating TBE. She is now being sued by Discover. Is the house safe?

The debt is only in her name.

Also,, She gets a paper check and has no bank account. I cash the check for her through my bank. We have very little equity in a jointly owned car. My major concern is the house but I think she is practically, "judgement proof."am I wrong? Thanks

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
answered on Sep 15, 2022

North Carolina has long recognized the common law creation and enforcement of the tenancy by entirety concept. Here's a good UNC law review article tracing its history.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Bankruptcy for North Carolina on
Q: Is an HSA exempt from collections in NC?
Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Sep 12, 2022

There is no specific exemption for a health savings account under Federal or State law. North Carolina residents must use the $5,000.00 "wild card" exemption to cover HSA balances - assuming that the "wild card" is available. If a debtor uses up their $35,000.00 residential... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I am a contractor in Hickory/Lenoir area who was on last day completing 2nd remodeling project for homeowner.

On final day they assaulted us verbally and threatened myself, due to repeated material delays and damaged product and illness late winter. We called 911 and 2 Deputies arrived. We removed tools/equipment from that job, leaving only couple last items on job for homeowner to install themselves. Our... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Aug 26, 2022

If you received a criminal summons, hire a criminal defense attorney ASAP. Your business lawyer should be able to refer you to one in your area. Its a he said she said situation, and if this person who never shows up doesn't show up at the hearing, the criminal attorney should be able to get... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina on
Q: Can I remove a debt collection charge if I can provide proof that I am not responsible for the debt?

I found about $35 non-compliance fee per month charge for not providing a current renters insurance policy to my landlord. They charged me $70 for 2 months despite me having insurance. I discovered that they have a copy of my current policy and so far I only received $35, but will potentially... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Jun 15, 2022

You are asking a hypothetical question. Typically a property management company would not submit this kind of thing to a credit bureau until after you move out because they would simply take the fee out of your security deposit.

Assuming that the landlord reports a debt of $35 plus late fee...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I'm being sued by a debt coll There is one account# on the complaint and An alternate account # was used as evidence.

The file from orig creditor has the account# in the complaint & an alternate account#. There are statements attached for each account. Can I be sued for both accounts if only one is named in the complaint? There is no evidence on how the other account# came about and the credit card agreement... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Apr 26, 2022

You can be sued for anything - the question is, how much do you really owe? An attorney definitely needs to review your paperwork. The difference in account numbers and incorrect credit card agreement may give you legal defenses. It is the creditor's burden to prove that you owe a certain... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: When being pursued for a debt outside of bankruptcy in NC, is the vehicle exemption doubled when married.

The vehicle is jointly owned with rights of survivorship.

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Apr 12, 2022

The debtor spouse can exempt (protect from creditors) up to $3,500.00 equity in one motor vehicle. For a jointly owned vehicle, you take retail value (not trade in), subtract any outstanding liens, and divide the remainder by two. If there is any "wild card" exemption remaining, up to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Civil Litigation and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: If I received fair market value to execute a new deed adding wife, can the transfer be reversed as fraudulent in NC?

I dont want to claim bankruptcy and my only goal is to protect the house. I am being sued by an unsecured creditor. I executed a new deed a year ago and my wife gave me $12,500 out of her 401k for repairs. Can this be considered fraudelent by a judgement creditor? I believe this to be fair market... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Apr 7, 2022

Nothing you said jumps out at me as fraudulent. You have the right to do exactly what you did.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: What is a creditor's next move after they get a judgement against me? I live in NC.

My house is protected by TBE. My wages are protected from garnishment. I bank in a Deleware only Bank. I have 2 jointly owned cars. One with a loan equal to the value. The other has equity but is equal to the amount protected by state law. I have hardly any possessions. Nothing worth anything.

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Apr 3, 2022

The next step is the creditor serving you with a "Notice of Right" to have your exemptions designated. Youw ill have 20 days after the date of service to file your "Motion To Claim Exempt Property" to claim your exemptions. There are no extensions of time allowed for this and if... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: Can a Trustee make you have your home appraised if you are filing bankruptcy but not including your home?

And can they (the Trustee) also have your home appraised?

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
answered on Apr 1, 2022

When you complete your bankruptcy Schedules, which ask you to list every conceivable asset you have, and you sign them under penalty of perjury, it is not possible to "not include" your house.

A debtor's opinion of its value is generally admissible as proof of value, to be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I executed a new deed adding wife a year ago in NC. Can an unsecured creditor of my wife attach a lien or sever the TBE?

The debt was incurred while we were married but before adding her name to the house. The debt is a credit card. I plan on settling with them but in the meantime I don't want our house to be in jeopardy.

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Mar 30, 2022

If the house is titled in both husband and wife names as "tenants by the entirety" or "as husband and wife", a judgment for money owed is not a lien on the property so long as the non debtor spouse is alive. Without seeing the deed itself, this is just general legal advice. If... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I added wife's name to deed in NC a year ago. Can an unsecured creditor of my wife attach a lien or sever TBE.
Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Mar 30, 2022

Without reviewing the documents I cannot give a definitive answer, but as a general rule, a claim against only one party is ineffective against TBE in NC.

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: I am trying to file an Application and Order for Extension of Time to Answer in Fayetteville nc (Cumberland County) ?

Im honestly confused do i go to the court house to fill out a form i cant find anything online?

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Feb 27, 2022

There is no official NC Courts/Administrative Office of the Courts "form" for this application. Check with the Clerk of Court, some clerks will give you the form over the counter. Otherwise, you will need to get it from Legal Aid or a local attorney. Reaching out to a local attorney is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for North Carolina on
Q: Does waiting for surgery in a nursing home constitute normal place of residence

A person has been waiting for surgery for nine months. For one month he was unaware that his fractured hip surgery had become undone. He saw a trauma surgeon at a tertiary and he was advised of this separation and was referred to adult reconstructive surgery, he has to wait three months to see a... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Jan 11, 2022

Rule 4j requires the summons and complaint be served either directly to the person or left with somone of suitable age and discretion at his "dwelling place or usual place of abode". Due to the person's length of time staying at the nursing facility, I think this would be proper... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I received a phone call yesterday about a payday loan from 2009 that was delinquent. One payment of $50 was made in 2018

The caller said they were going to garnish wages and file a judgment. In SC the statue of limitations is 3 yes. Can they still file this

judgment? The loan was in SC

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Dec 17, 2021

This is most likely a scam, because wage garnishment for debt is not allowed in either North Carolina or South Carolina. The collector threatened to do something it has no legal ability to do in an attempt to get you to pay. Google "payday loan collection scam" and see how common this... Read more »

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