Los Angeles, CA asked in Car Accidents for California

Q: I have an involuntary lien on me for 20,000 for a car accident, I am a student and don't make much money. What to do?

Hello, I'm 19. I had a car accident in Dec 2016 and I was unlicensed at the time and not on the insurance policy so I got charged 20,000 for the damage of a KIA Optima. A few months ago I received a paper in the mail from Los Angeles COUNTY court saying we had to settle the payments through court this upcoming November. I was intending to go to court in Novemeber and settle with a payment plan but then, I received a notice of an involuntary lien saying to contact the claimant of the lien. I was wondering what I can do to get rid of this Lien. I'm not sure if I have my court date anymore because this new paper for the lien does not say anything about it. I am a student and I work at yogurtland. I do not make more than 10,000 a year at my job I do part time and I have other bills to pay every month. What can I do? Do I contact them and try to workout a payment plan? Or what can I do?

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Steven M. Sweat
Steven M. Sweat
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Tough situation. Your options are to work out a payment plan or, assuming the incident didn't involve drunk driving, it would probably be dischargeable in bankruptcy. You should consult with an attorney who handles debt negotiation and bankruptcy issues.

William John Light
William John Light
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You can either negotiate a significantly reduced settlement, or talk to a bankruptcy attorney.

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