Q: I have a question about handling small claims lawsuit regarding a medical bill
Over 5 years ago I sent a letter of dispute to a collection agency on the amount owed and showed proof of the amount I owed. The agency did not respond for 3 months. Then I was called about paying it in which I stated they did not contact me in 30 days and that I proved what I owed and was will to pay 100.00 a month. They refused so I told them to contact my lawyer which the name and phone number was provided and stated to know longer contact me. Now 5 years later another collection agency sends a certified letter on filing a small claims which now has about 3,000 interested added to the amount
A South Dakota attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks, and time is of the essence in your actions. One possibility is that the first agency contacted your attorney and was not able to come to an agreement, or another possibility is that they did not contact your attorney and instead transferred the collection account to a different agency. In either event, you could reach out to a collection defense attorney to investigate the matter and determine exactly what happened, and outline your best options here. You could use the Find-a-Lawyer tab above or seek out attorneys on your own. Good luck
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