Smithfield, ME asked in Contracts and Collections for Maine

Q: Maine-I filed small claims action 4 breach of contract re: dog breeding, I won, Defendant did not pay judgement $6000 by

deadline, had been given means 2 do so by courts in ruling by selling pups in her possession awarded 2 plaintiff 2 be placed from defendants residence due 2 health concerns. I then filed a contempt case & won. Defendant ordered 2 pay $1000 what they claimed they had left after spending rest elsewhere wi 24/hrs & did so-judgement ruled no limits 2 collection by plaintiff 4 rest owed ($5000), but they refuse 2 pay & collects SSI as well. Defendant has broken state laws regarding breeding of dogs failing 2 get proper licenses & federal laws by not reporting any income from dog breeding for 18 yrs 10-30,000/yr/on SSI, now fraudulently claiming relative taking over breeding kennel & has no means 2 pay, but still breeding & raising pups in her home now, has means & capability 2 pay but refusing. Question is-Do I, can I file for 2nd contempt case or file for a disclosure hearing. Contracts, tax returns, plaintiff's testimony, etc., prove case, they have no property to sell to collect either.

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Elliott R. Teel Esq

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  • Portland, ME
  • Licensed in Maine

A: Sounds like you have done a good job so far. I would say do a disclosure hearing and request all their financials - bank statements, tax returns, debts, and business P&L statements. Then the court can set a payment plan or a deadline for full payment, again enforceable by a contempt action.

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