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Can You Settle a Warrant in Debt Before Court?

Dena Standley | March 06, 2023

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Summary: Yes, you can settle a warrant in debt before you go to court. If you are being sued for a debt, you should respond to the lawsuit as quickly as possible. You can reach out to the person or company suing you at any point to settle the debt. You may have to pay it off in full, but there is a good chance the opposing party will settle for less. Make a settlement offer with the help of SoloSettle in a matter of minutes.

Getting sued for an old debt is frustrating and stressful. The case against you is going to court, and you have a limited timeframe to take action to protect your rights.

You’ll need to take action if you don’t want the case to become part of your public record. You have a few alternatives: pay off the debt in full before your court date, attempt to come to a settlement agreement with your creditor, or file an Answer and fight the case.

Should I pay off the debt before the court date?

If you know you owe money to the creditor and that they own your debt, paying the debt protects you from a potential default judgment. To avoid a judgment, you’ll need to pay the total amount before your court date.

Paying the total amount ensures that you won’t need to worry about future legal action from the creditor. The creditor will drop the lawsuit against you since you no longer owe them money.

However, paying off the debt in full may not be an available option if you don’t have the financial means. If you can’t afford to pay the debt before your court date, you should attempt to work out a payment arrangement or settlement with the creditor.

How do I work out a payment arrangement with the creditor?

A payment arrangement with the creditor allows you to make monthly payments for a given period until you pay off the debt. Payment arrangements are helpful for individuals who want to avoid a judgment but don’t have the money available to pay the entire debt before the court case.

Not all creditors will agree to a payment arrangement, especially if they’re pursuing a warrant in debt. If the court grants them a judgment against you, they can use it to collect the money from you quickly, typically by garnishing your wages or freezing your bank account.

A payment arrangement might not be a satisfactory choice for your creditor, especially if they don’t believe you’ll keep up with the agreement. The creditor can find themselves in the same position of having to sue you if you don’t adhere to the plan.

If you want to negotiate a payment arrangement, offer as much as possible in monthly payments to satisfy the debt. It would be best if you attempted to pay the debt within four to six months. Paying off the debt in a short timeframe shows the creditor you’re serious about eliminating your obligation to them.

Is it possible to settle the debt for less than I owe?

Your creditor may agree to a settlement, even if they have a warrant in debt against you.

If you want to settle your debt, start the process quickly. Send the creditor an email explaining your financial situation and what you’d like to offer them in exchange for wiping out your remaining balance.

It’s best to start with an offer of at least 60% of the value of the total obligation. The creditor will likely counter your offer with one of their own. You may go through several negotiation rounds before reaching a favorable agreement.

You can start the settlement negotiation process by sending an offer with the help of SoloSettle. You may go through several rounds of negotiations before you reach an agreement, but luckily, SoloSettle can assist you through the entire process.

Once you agree, make sure to get it in writing. Ask the creditor to report the debt as paid in full to all three credit reporting bureaus. Most debt collectors and creditors will agree to your request even if you’re not paying the entire amount due.

Make sure to abide by the terms of the settlement agreement exactly. If you fail to adhere to the terms, the debt collector can cancel the deal, and you may face another lawsuit.

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Should I respond to the warrant in debt with an Answer?

Yes, even if you plan to pay the debt or settle it before your court date, filing an Answer is still essential. An Answer stops the creditor from obtaining a default judgment against you. Sometimes, debt collectors will use sneaky tactics to get a default judgment, even if there’s an existing settlement agreement.

In your Answer, you should respond to all of the points in the Complaint against you. If you don’t believe the debt is valid, include the reasons why in your Answer.

Some people find that the statute of limitations has expired, and the collector can no longer pursue the case in court.

Other people may be victims of identity theft. If you believe you are the victim of identity theft, you shouldn’t owe any money. You’ll want to take specific steps to restore your identity, like reporting the case to the police and the FTC.

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