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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: How can someone properly respond to a summons that is out of state?

My SO lives with me in North Carolina for almost two and a half years now. Her mother was served a summons & complaint at her home in New York regarding a debt collector attempting to get a judgement against her. A couple of questions:

1. Was she properly served?

2. The summons... Read more »

Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow answered on Feb 12, 2021

1. Depends on more facts, but for a snap judgment I'll say probably not. However, burden is on you to establish that proper service hasn't been made. If you don't raise the issue properly with the court, the creditor will likely just proceed on and get what they want. This will... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I'm in NC. DO I have to sign a Confession of Judgment agreement with a bill collector? I have the debt & have agreed to

Pay $77/month until the debt is paid. I don't want to sign this court document.

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Feb 9, 2021

If you want to keep that particular settlement agreement and they require it, yes, you have to sign it to keep the settlement agreement. If you refuse, they will proceed with the court process and obtain a judgment against you. A Confession of Judgment is a better alternative than a Consent... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: How to renew a money judgment for back alimony in North Carolina when the defendant (debtor) is out of the country?

$50,000 plus interest judgment hits 10 year mark in 11 months. Debtor lives out of the country. Can I renew without serving them?

Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow answered on Feb 1, 2021

No, "renewing" a judgment involves filing a new lawsuit. An essential part of any lawsuit is that you have to serve the defendant - regardless of whether the defendant is in the country or not. There are ways to serve someone who isn't in the country, but they can be complicated... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I received notice of judgment regarding old credit card debt. What do I do next? I didn’t get the original summons.
Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Dec 20, 2020

I assume this is a lawsuit to renew a previous judgment that was obtained a little less than 10 years ago? You need to contact an attorney in your area directly for assistance. It would be very helpful to that attorney if you retrieved a complete copy of the court file on the original Judgment... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I have a judgement from Midland credit in Winston- Salem NC, for $5000 on a credit card I could not pay .

I have now a note left on my door saying I need to contact and arrange a Notice of Rights to Have Exemptions Designated given to me. I do not know if I can do anything at this point because I never showed up to court when I was served on this issue and they ruled in favor of midland credit, I went... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Nov 6, 2020

We dont have wage garnishment in NC and if you file a Motion To Claim Exempt Property within 20 days after you accept that service of the Notice of Right, your assets will likely be protected. Contact a qualified attorney in your area (a consumer bankruptcy attorney is most likely to be able to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I sent a check by certified mail to a collection agency for payment on a debt. I tracked it and they received it on Oct

1st 2020 at 9:58am. They claim it is not showing up. What should I do?

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Oct 8, 2020

Wait. If they attempt to collect on the debt again, explain the situation and ask them to send something in writing. Then, write back disputing you owe the debt and enclose your proof of delivery and hopefully a copy of the check you sent.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Collections, Municipal Law and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: A tenant defaulted on rent and abandoned an office in NC. Their HQ is in GA. Can I use small claims court in NC to sue?

The abandoned office is in Charlotte NC and was their only NC office. There is nobody here to receive the summons. Their HQ is in GA, where we know the summons will be received. I tried to file but the small claims clerk led me to believe that serving the HQ in GA would be problematic and out of... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Oct 2, 2020

You cannot file in small claims court if the defendant is not a resident of the same county. Your only option is the district court, sorry.

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3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: Being sued on a failed car loan, I turned the car in. how can I go about this? my bills take most of my pay as it is

N/a

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Sep 26, 2020

You should see a bankruptcy attorney for a personal consultation as soon as possible. I don;t know what kind of notice you received, but if it is from the Sheriff with a "writ of execution" this is extremely urgent and you should not delay the consultation. A qualified consumer... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I obtained a loan for 1,000 in Dec 2019 and unfortunately defaulted. With added I retest and fees balances went to almot

6,000. They offered a settlement of around 1500. I was able to send in $550 but was unable to settle as soon as they wanted. I continued to stay in contact but they voided the settlement. I am in NC but the loan originator is out of state. My question is will they automatically garnish my wages or... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 28, 2020

More details are needed. Was this an internet "payday loan"? if so, they are unlikely to sue. If this was a local finance company or a bank, they might sue or they might not. We do not have wage garnishment in North Carolina. If this is an out of state lender they may sue you in that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for North Carolina on
Q: Can my home, vehicle, personal belongings and child support be taken to repay a judgement?

My previous landlord was granted a judgement against me for unpaid rent that was recorded in 2018 in Florida.

I was divorced a few months later and used my divorce settlement as a down payment on a 40 year old house in North Carolina. I have a mortgage than is just over a year old and I... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 18, 2020

The judgment has to be recorded in North Carolina first. This is done by them filing a new lawsuit ehre in North Carolina seeking to have the Florida judgment recognized and having you served with the lawsuit. Once that is granted, your creditor has to send you a "Notice of Right To Claim... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I have a judgement that is in the clerk of courts, what should I do?

this judgement has been in existence since 2008, I thought it was no longer there, when I did not see it on my credit. I am in the process of purchasing a home. The clerk at the courthouse said I could pay it off or make payments. Is there a way I can contact the Law firm that this judgement was... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Aug 12, 2020

Do not payment the judgment or make payments. If the judgment was entered in 2008, it has expired, unless the creditor filed an action to renew the judgment for an additional ten years. If the judgment was renewed, meaning there should be a new judgment with a more recent date, then you do need to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I received a summons and complaint a few days ago for a voluntary repossession. I know I have 30 days to respond.

I do not dispute the validity of the debt but have tried to make small payments and have been advised payments are not an option. I am a single parent living solely on social security disability and have no other source of income. I do not own anything . I live with family. Should I go ahead... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 7, 2020

Filing an Answer will delay the entry of a judgment against you for a little while. If you do not file an Answer, a default judgment will be entered. You may have some legal defenses if you were not notified about the sale of the vehicle properly, or if the sale was not conducted in a reasonable... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Collections, Energy, Oil and Gas and Public Benefits for North Carolina on
Q: I am having a problem with the City of Shelby, I've been paying my power bill late but never have I not paid it..

I just want some one to help me go through my power bills to explain to me I am 67 and I think they are taking advantage because I don't read well.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 29, 2020

This does not sound like a legal matter that you need to involve an attorney for. Considering the amount of ordinary household utility bills, attorney fees might not be justified. You could see if their customer service department could help explain your bill. If you aren't satisfied, you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Health Care Law, Estate Planning and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: Can the hospital really take my father’s home for payment of 7 days In the hospital with no insurance?

My father had no will but anticipated leaving me everything as he is not married and has no other children. I am the administrator of his estate. The hospital has filed a claim against the estate for $111,000. The sum of his final 7 days on this Earth in the hospital with no insurance. He had no... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 17, 2020

Try working with the hospital to reduce the debt and agree to make regular payments to pay it all off within a reasonable period of time. Hiring a lawyer might help.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Collections and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: A Judgement was filed against me for credit card debt how do I need to respond?

It was filed in the local District Court on May 15, 2020, the cover letter was dated May 28, 2020 and I received it Jun 1, 2020. I am a single mother basically living paycheck to paycheck. What recourse do I have and what do I need to file as a response? The judgement was filed in Onslow County... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Jun 2, 2020

It sounds like you may have received a Summons and Complaint. The face of the Summons states that you have 30 days to file a response to the Complaint. You can either do that on your own or with an attorney. You can also request a 30 day extension if you need it. If you owe the debt, you might... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law, Collections and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: What can a business do when a corporate customer chooses not to pay? Approaching 200 days past due. Written Contract.

We were contracted by a new customer to provide a skilled service and materials for a project. The new customer is a multi million dollar company in NC. We are a 4 person small business in NC. We fulfilled our end of the agreement, but the customer now says they can't pay us (they can't... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on May 14, 2020

You can certainly pursue a claim against the company for balance due. Based on the amount, I would suggest filing a small claims action. It will have to be filed in the county where the company is based and you will have to present for the hearing. Otherwise, it would have to be filed in District... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Collections, Domestic Violence and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: Can my ex take me to a collection agency for this?

My (now) ex and I share the same phone plan. It is under his name and he pays for it. I used to just give him my half every month. Now that we are broken up, I blocked him on everything. I am figuring out getting my own phone plan but there is technically still money that I owe him to date.... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Apr 16, 2020

If you had agreement that you would pay half of the bill, then yes, he can seek to collect from you. Given the amount, he would probably file an action in small claims.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I have a money judgement from Florida and I live in North Carolina. What are my next steps in resolving this debt?

I do not have the full amount but can make payments. Do I initiate the payment plan or wait until the lawyers go through discovery?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 1, 2020

Contact your lawyer and initiate a compromise settlement or payment plan with the creditor.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: Can my car be legally repossessed if it was being paid in bankruptcy?

I failed to complete my chapter 13 bankruptcy. The car was paid 9,000. They came and took it back even after payments. What can I do?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 10, 2020

If the bankruptcy was dismissed, they can repossess the car.

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Health Care Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can a Hospital give (sell) my debt to the Bank they have been sending my payments? Thank you.

They did this; if I want to continue paying the Hospital I have to pay twice as much more to cancel the debt by the end of this year. I am going to be 65 y/o in March. I have never missed a payment! Please advice! Thank you!

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 8, 2020

Unfortunately, such practices are not that uncommon in terms of selling debts to new entities. You say you are 65. If, as a retiree, you meet their financial guidelines, contact Legal Aid of North Carolina to ask them if they could help you. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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