Q: I live in horror county Sc. Sheriffs judgment $2,200 against me. From a personal loan
Home flooded last year wasn't aware of court date. It a he saiid she said. I lost since I wasn't at court date. Received sherrifs judgment against personal property. I am a single mom of 2. Made $20,000 last year because of the hurricane. I rent. All I have are household items. Can not afford an attorney
A: A judgment is a finding by a court that you owe money to someone. If you have assets, the sheriff can levy against the assets to collect the judgment. Based on what you are saying about assets and income, you probably qualify for legal aid.
The sheriff will ask you to pay the judgment, however, you can tell the sheriff that you cannot pay the debt. You have exemptions under South Carolina law that probably protect all of your assets against a collection. Wages cannot be garnished for the type of debt you are describing.
Your real problem is that a judgment is going to hurt your credit making the cost of borrowing money higher for you. The judgment will remain as something that can be used against you for 10 years. After 10 years the judgment no longer has any effect to hurt you.
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