Joseph Jaap's answer The rules for giving notice of a case being filed require the court's summons to be sent by certified postal mail and then regular mail, or by other methods. Depending on how the summons was delivered, that could have been deemed sufficient, even though you actually never received it. Talk to the attorney for the creditor to try to work it out, or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney.
Timur Akpinar's answer You could consult with a collections attorney in your state as to your remedies. If you repost your question in the Collections section of this website, an attorney who works in that area would have a better chance of picking it up.
Joseph Jaap's answer Normally not, unless he has transferred assets to you to avoid collection. In that case, the court could allow the creditor to trace his assets that went to you and to attach them for collection. The creditor also could obtain financial records from both of you to determine if any transfers happened and the dates of transfers.
Matthew Williams' answer It would be hard for her to get the police to take this on as a criminal case since you disclosed the existence of a problem at which point she could have asked to have an expert determine whether or not it could be fixed before buying it, but chose not to do so.
Joseph Jaap's answer There is no way to answer except having an attorney review the documents. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to review the case filing and circumstances and advise you. It depends on what the status of the case is.
Joseph Jaap's answer Small claims court can handle a claim up to $6000. If more than that, you file a claim in municipal court. But you might have waited too long. The time limit on your claim might be 6 years. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local litigation attorney.
Joseph Jaap's answer Those debts are the responsibility of his estate to pay. You are not personally responsible to pay them. But creditors still might pester you for payment. If so, use the Find a Lawyer tab to contact a creditors rights attorney.
Joseph Jaap's answer The court can issue a judgment against you for the amount of the debt. The creditor then can go to court again to try to collect on that judgment, which could include having the court order an employer to garnish wages by withhold a certain amount each payday. The creditor also could try to take any other property you own, like a car, to repay the debt. Call the attorney who is listed in the court summons and try to negotiate a reduction of the debt and a payment plan. If you simply can't...
Bruce Martin Broyles' answer Yes. You need to file an answer. Even if you intend to pay the amount in full, you need to either file an answer or contact the attorney who filed the complaint to get the complaint dismissed. Otherwise you will have a judgment rendered against you. A judgment can hurt your credit rating. It is something you can do on your own, but you may want to find an attorney who would help for a nominal fee.
Matthew Williams' answer The attorney may turn it over to collections or file a lawsuit against you. You should call the attorney. If you are willing to work out a payment plan there is no reason for you to be sued or to have the debt wind up in collections.
Bruce Martin Broyles' answer Your pension and docial security cannot be garnishdd. However, if the judgment creditor attaches your bank account you will have to prove that the funds came from an exempt source.
Alternatively, if it is a credit card not issued by a National Bank, they cannot charge interedt anove the statutory maximum, and they cannot compound the interest.
You could defend yourself and assert that you did not sign any agreement agreeing to these interest charges
Matthew Williams' answer You respond by filing a document with the court. The most common is simply known as an answer, which is a document in which you respond point by point to the allegations in the complaint. There are also several motions which may be filed as a response before, with, or after the answer. As with any court issue, it is advisable to hire an attorney.
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