Charles Joseph Stiegler's answer A claim of this size is probably best brought in Lafayette City Court (assuming it's within city limits). I would contact the Clerk of Court for the 15th JDC and ask how to proceed. I will warn you that even if you do get a court order awarding back rent, in many cases it is very difficult to actually collect.
Robert Martin Louque Jr's answer It usually depends on the amount you are being sued for and the court in which you are being sued. It can be as low as $600.00 and as high as $2,000 or more not including the court costs. Every attorney has a different fee structure. Some will charge a fixed fee and some will charge an hourly fee.
Samuel John Ford's answer Wage garnishments are difficult to challenge once they have begun, however, you may have options if there was anything improper about the collection process or institution of the garnishment. State and federal laws protect consumers from unfair collection practices and it may be worth speaking with a consumer attorney in your area to make sure nothing was done improperly.
I recommend speaking to a Louisiana consumer attorney regarding the details of your situation so you can fully...
Samuel John Ford's answer Generally, the limitations period for suing someone on a promissory note is five years. This means the creditor may have lost the legal right to enforce the alleged debt.The details of your situation, however, may change whether or not the debt is still legally enforceable.
I recommend speaking to a Louisiana consumer attorney regarding the details of your situation so you can fully understand your rights. Many consumer attorneys offer free consultations.
Samuel John Ford's answer You likely have a case against the creditor based on the actions you described and may be able to recover your lost wages.Small claims court, however, may not be the best venue for your claims. There are both state and federal laws that may be in play here and a consumer attorney will provide you with the best options for your situation.
I recommend speaking to a Louisiana consumer attorney regarding the details of your situation so you can fully understand your options. Many consumer...
Samuel John Ford's answer You likely can still dispute the bill and may have defenses to collection of the alleged debt. If you are being contacted by debt collectors, there are federal and state laws that provide dispute rights and protection from unfair collection practices.
I recommend speaking to a Louisiana consumer attorney regarding the details of your situation so you can fully understand your rights.
**Please note that the above is general information and not subject to an attorney-client...
David B. Levin's answer You can't go to jail for not having the money to pay a bill collector, but you can be arrested for violating a court order. Even if you don't have the money to pay the debt, failing to appear in court is not a good solution.
If you don't understand the paperwork you received, please consider having an attorney review them and explain what is happening and what your options are at this stage.
*David Levin is the Partner in charge of UpRight Law's consumer rights litigation...
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