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Q: Hello. Wanting to know who is ultimately responsible for a medical bill for my son who is now 18 and in college

we had agreed to pay 50% on copays for our son's health care costs. My ex-husband is the insurance carrier. Our son is now 18 and in college. He recently got some dental work done and because the dentist office always had sent the bills in my name, they sent the bill to me. I am now re-married... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Oct 11, 2021

The dentist office will continue to seek collection from you. I would let the dentist office know that your son is over 18 and that you are no longer responsible for any bills in the future, and that they should collect whatever co-pays or anything from your son directly.

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Q: I got a writ of garnishment in the mail and I can not contact the creditor. They but dialed me but ignore my voicemails.

I don't know what it is for and they are about to take money from me for I don't know what. It is from VA and I haven't lived there for six years. It looks like it is about an apartment complex in Hopewell VA but I never had an apartment in Hopewell. What am I supposed to do since I... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jul 27, 2021

On the paperwork received, there should be a case number and court identified. Contact that court to find out what's going on. If they are garnishing, that means they already have a judgment against you (a court order that you owe them money) - it's likely a default judgment (entered... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Products Liability and Collections for Michigan on
Q: My brother cosigned for a vehicle

He was summons today for the remaining balance of the vehicle. It was sold after repossession at an auction. I am responsible for the debt and I want to take care of it. He has a family and I don't want to create a financial hardship on him. Can I respond to the summons asking the court to... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 1, 2021

He has to respond. He can ask to substitute you, but as you defaulted which is why they are going after him, they may say "naaaah--we want him!"

Now, they may agree to make a payment schedule but before he signs off, is the group coming after him the same people you signed a loan...
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Q: Is child support exempt from being taken by a debt collector if they freeze your bank account?

I only had unemployment and child support in my bank account when the debt collector put a hold on my account. Are they are to take the funds?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 14, 2021

I'm not entirely sure, but the burden will be on you to convince a court that those funds are protected from seizure. That is a difficult argument to make when multiple funds are commingled into one account and then seized.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Collections for Michigan on
Q: If child haven't lived in Michigan for four years yet still charging me cs should I be paying this. Now Rack up I'm scr

Now I'm threaten with jail time.

I'm unemployed unable to collect covid unemployment so I'm screwed

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 10, 2021

The child living in Michigan has nothing to do with your child support obligation. You are ordered to pay a certain amount unless modified legally. Once arrearages accrue, they don't go away.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Collections and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: I won a small claims judgment, for 6096.00 in Inkster MI, against a apartment management corp, but unable to collect.

I have garnished their bank account … it was $1.11 in it. Then I had a court order for the Wayne county sheriff seize property but this has not been successful either. How can I collect my judgment from someone or entity that refuses to cooperate?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 10, 2021

You've asked the $64,000 question. You may have what can be called a judgment proof debtor. You have right now a piece of paper saying someone legally owes you money; that paper is just - a piece of paper - unless and until you can legally collect.

All you can really do is keep trying...
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2 Answers | Asked in Collections for Michigan on
Q: In Michigan, can you file a motion to set aside a default and a motion for summary disposition at the same time?

Can a defendant file a motion for summary disposition before default has been set aside?

If they are filed at the same time how does that affect the case? Will judge first determine if default can be set aside and then address motion for summary disposition?

Trent Harris
Trent Harris answered on Jan 23, 2021

No.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for Michigan on
Q: Are there any lawyers in the southeast Michigan area that specialize in FDCPA?

I see several on here, but i can't seem to get one to return my phone calls or email. If you specialize in going after debt collectors for violating the FDCPA or know of one located in that area, can you please leave a working phone or email i can reach them or you by? I would greatly appreciate it.

David Soble
David Soble answered on Jan 10, 2021

Probably the best thing to do is to contact the lawyer's office and request a set calendar time to speak with the attorney. This way you won't be frustrated with 'phone tag."

Good luck. www.ProvenResource.com

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for Michigan on
Q: Is it safe to pay a debt collector in full?

This is the second debt collector I'm dealing with. The first debt collector i was dealing with couldn't provide all of the information i requested in my validation request letter, so they passed it to another debt collector. People keep telling me that paying a debt collector is a very... Read more »

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander answered on Jan 6, 2021

You are right to be wary. Some lawyers will give you a free consultation and review these validation letters and responses to see if you have a potential legal action. If your goal is to pay the debt and not be hounded by additional debt collectors I would advise you to consult with a FDCPA lawyer... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for Michigan on
Q: I've been contacted by a law firm to collect a debt i was unaware of until another debt collector threatened to sue me??

I never received a bill from the original creditor. The first letter i got from the debt collector was them threatening to sue me, so i sent 2 letters requesting validation. The first time, they didn't provide all of the information i asked for. The second time, they didn't respond and i... Read more »

Trent Harris
Trent Harris answered on Jan 4, 2021

You could call the law firms for both debt collections, and ask them who the original creditor and the original account number was for each. You could also send them a letter asking the same questions. Keep in mind that when you talk to them on the phone, they will be recording the phone call. You... Read more »

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Q: SOL in michigan for a car repo in 2002? Sued and judgement against me was declared in 2004

I co-signed for a car for a boyfriend in 2000. Repoed in 2002 and know there hasn't been a single pmt made since then. I did receive a letter every few years about collections but ignored it as I couldn't pay it. Last week I get a paper from law firm saying the 4k is now 9k and notice... Read more »

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander answered on Dec 21, 2020

A 2004 Judgment may seem old, but creditors are permitted to "renew" a judgment. This is probably what happened in your case but you have to do some research and check the court record. Can they do this so many years later? Yes - probably. You need to get a copy of the "register of... Read more »

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Q: My son was served with a summons from a debt collector Who he called try to negotiate lower amount can’t afford to pay

The debt is from a credit card he opened in 2014. He lost his job. Wasn’t able to pay his payments. He got another job minimum-wage basically not much more was not able to make the payments. Received notices of debt collection. He joined Navacore so that he could make payments within his... Read more »

Trent Harris
Trent Harris answered on Aug 7, 2020

When dealing with collection suits, the debt collector generally is going to try to get a judgment which will allow the creditor to collect the judgment from future income and assets. There are ways to settle such suits, either through paying a lump sum of money payable in a relatively shorter... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: Can I file a request and order to seize property thru mail in Calhoun county mi since They are shut down?

I need to file a request and order to seize property on two small claims court judgements. Am I able to do that thru mail?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 15, 2020

Yes, you should be able to do so. Complete the appropriate court form and send it in for signature along with the filing fee and return envelope. I would suggest calling the clerk's office there to verify before sending anything.

2 Answers | Asked in Collections for Michigan on
Q: Can she do something?

My boyfriend was on his exes phone plan. He needed a new phone because that one didn’t work so he cancelled the phone on her plan(she gave him the account # & pin) and went through a different company. she’s now saying that he owes her money but his name was never on the contract and he... Read more »

Trent Harris
Trent Harris answered on May 2, 2020

The question is whether your boyfriend had a contract with his ex. A contract does not have to be in writing to be enforceable. But if it is an oral contract, it needs to be proven with enough specificity to show there was a meeting of the minds and an intent to be bound by the contract. A contract... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Collections for Michigan on
Q: My wages are being garnished from my check. Can I just raise my federal withholding a lot and get it back next year?

I have a garnishment from my employer. They take payroll taxes off before determining disposable income. What's to stop me from just raising my additional federal withholding by a lot to make my disposable income too low to garnish and then get huge federal refund next year?

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Mark Bredow
Mark Bredow answered on Mar 29, 2020

No. A creditor receives up to 25% of your gross income by wage garnishment. This is taken from each check. By increasing our withholdings, you would not impact the amount taken, and would reduce your takehome income even further. You should consider setting up a payment plan and consulting... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Banking, Collections and Social Security for Michigan on
Q: Is it legal for my savings acct. ( DIRECT DEP from soc sec) to be garnished by credit card company?? FACTS/background

Joint acct, social security check made out to me for the care of my husband. The only money that goes into this acct is his ss check.

The garnishment was against me not him.

4k was taken without my knowledge. I didn't receive garnishment writ as they stated. I was told I... Read more »

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander answered on Mar 9, 2020

If these are the only funds in this account, you should retain a lawyer to file an objection to garnishment. Exempt funds is just the kind of argument that a judge will listen to. However, if there are commingled funds, the analysis is more complex.

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1 Answer | Asked in Collections for Michigan on
Q: my husband was discharged from hospital and made a financial agreement to pay 200 a month which I have been paying, now

they sent to collection no notice. also they say we owe more then we do.i have every receipt. this does not seem fair. what can we do?

Trent Harris
Trent Harris answered on Feb 20, 2020

Your husband should contact the hospital's billing/collections department to get more information. It is unlikely that they will deal with anyone other than him, due to HIPAA and other privacy laws.

He can ask them to provide records to support their version of the amount due. If it...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Collections for Michigan on
Q: Hi Sir.,My wife and I signed a auto loan contract in 2013 With a company called Santander.We feel this a bad loan.Since

Since 2013 they’ve had considerable lawsuits and complaints for unfair debt practices and other grievances.We have paid 40000 dollars for a 27000 car.we still owe 15000.00.55000 when all said and done.The car is currently worth 13000.00

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander answered on Jan 14, 2020

Why do you feel this is a bad loan?

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for Michigan on
Q: I was released from garnishment on 10/21/2018, but started to garnish accounts and payroll again. How to proceed?

I received a Garnishment Release, case No. 079564GC. "Garnishment on 4/13/2017 is withdrawn on 10/31/2019. Amts withheld by garnishee on or after 4/13/17 shall be returned to defendant and further witholdings shall be discountinued." But on 11/15/19, a garnishment was served and all... Read more »

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander answered on Jan 13, 2020

I am wondering why the 4/13/17 garnishment was withdrawn and further withholdings discontinued? I need to know that to advise you how to proceed.

Regarding the exempt proceeds, I suggest you consult with a credit defense lawyer to review the exemption and discuss a potential FDCPA suit.

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for Michigan on
Q: what does it mean default request entry and judgment sum certain ?
Trent Harris
Trent Harris answered on Jan 8, 2020

If you have received one of these in the mail from a court with signatures on it, it means a default judgment has been entered against you in a lawsuit. Look to see who the plaintiff is in the case caption, and see if it's a person or business you recognize.

If you believe this should...
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