Typically, a collection lawsuit gives 30 days for the defendant to file a response with the court. In Georgia, when a collection lawsuit is filed against you, someone from the local sheriff’s office will drive out to your house and personally serve you or whoever answers the door.
A response to a collection lawsuit is an opportunity for you to dispute the validity or amount of the debt by requesting a hearing. To file a response, you should contact an attorney who practices in state court and get them to file a response to the collection lawsuit before a default judgment is entered against you. If you know that you owe the debt, the lawsuit will likely end in a judgment against you. In this situation, filing a response to the collection lawsuit is only going to delay the inevitable. If you owe the debt, call my office at 770-809-3099 for a free consultation, and let’s go over all of your options.
If you ignore a judgment, a creditor can obtain a garnishment against you to seize up to 25% of your net wages until the debt is paid. In addition to garnishing your wages, a creditor can also serve a garnishment to your bank and have those funds deducted from your bank account. Also, a creditor with a judgment against you can put a lien on your house. Liens on a house usually are not discovered until you try to sell your house and the closing attorney finds it. Nothing kills a real estate closing faster than an unsatisfied lien on your house. If you have a car that is paid for, they can put a lien on the title of the car.
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