Q: i received a summons from my local court. i am being sued for a personal debt for non-payment. can i be forced to pay?
i received a summons from my local court. i am being sued for a personal debt for non-payment. i am on social security disability, and if i understand correctly, my benefits can not be garnished since i have the money deposited directly into my checking account. but, can a judge still force me to pay the debt or make partial payments, or force me to settle?
Thank you for your answer. Right now, I am expected within 20 days to answer the summons. I was told by the court clerk I could go into the courthouse and do that in person. I do plan to do this, and go to court if I am summoned.
I'm not sure what to tell anyone on these forms. My question therefore is, I understand Social Security Disability benefits can not be garnished, but can a judge still force me to pay or make payment arrangements?
A: If you are being sued on a debt and you have received a summons you still need to go even if you are on disability, have a limited income or are indigent. You can still be sued even if you are indigent or do not have the means to pay. Do not ignore a court summons. If you are indigent it is most likely the case that the plaintiff will not be able to collect, but that is a decision the judge will make.
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