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What To Do If You're Sued By Zarzaur & Schwartz

George Simons | December 12, 2023

George Simons
Co-Founder of SoloSuit
George Simons, JD/MBA

George Simons is the co-founder and CEO of SoloSuit. He has helped Americans protect over $1 billion from predatory debt lawsuits. George graduated from BYU Law school in 2020 with a JD-MBA. In his spare time, George likes to cook, because he likes to eat.

Edited by Hannah Locklear

Hannah Locklear
Editor at SoloSuit
Hannah Locklear, BA

Hannah Locklear is SoloSuit’s Marketing and Impact Manager. With an educational background in Linguistics, Spanish, and International Development from Brigham Young University, Hannah has also worked as a legal support specialist for several years.

Summary: Is Zarzaur & Schwartz trying to sue you for everything you've got? You can stand up against this debt collector with the right defense. Learn how to win in court.

Getting contacted constantly by debt collection law firms like Zarzaur & Schwartz is oftentimes quite upsetting and unpleasant for many people. Why? Because Zarzaur & Schwartz, like many law firms specializing in debt collection, may use overly aggressive and inappropriate tactics to try and intimidate you into paying the debt allegedly owed.

It is not uncommon for individuals affiliated with Zarzaur & Schwartz to call you throughout the day and send threatening letters that falsely claim potential criminal prosecution against you. Sometimes they even try to connect with you on Facebook and harass you via social media.

If you are being harassed by Zarzaur & Schwartz, be aware that you have legal rights, and you are not alone.

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The Dubious Reputation of Zarzaur & Schwartz

Zarzaur & Schwartz is a debt collection law firm based in Birmingham, Alabama. The firm is generally known in the debt collections field as being rude and aggressive in attempting to collect on debts for their clients, which include Citibank, Cavalry, LVNV Funding, Midland Funding, Unifund Partners, and other large financial institutions and debt purchasers.

Zarzaur and Schwartz have had many consumer complaints filed against them that accuse the firm of serious violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. For example, some consumers say Zarzaur & Schwartz have utilized illegal methods to communicate with them, violating federal law. If Zarzaur & Schwartz has contacted you illegally, you should know that you have rights before you answer.

If you are getting constant letters and calls from Zarzaur & Schwartz or face a debt collection lawsuit, never stop hoping! You can fight back against these obnoxious companies. Take tough, bold action with the resources offered at Solo Suit.

Our mission is simple: We help consumers who are being bothered by debt collectors such as Zarzaur & Schwartz. To assist you in your time of need, we have assembled a vast array of resources that can help you know how to fight back against debt collectors. When you have this critical information in your arsenal, you know their tactics and how to protect your legal rights from debt collectors like Zarzaur & Schwartz.

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The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Protects Debtors From Aggressive Tactics

Zarzaur & Schwartz is well known for trying to take advantage of people who are unaware of their legal rights per the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The FDCPA states guidelines for how these debt collection companies can behave when they contact you. Some of the rules they have to follow include:

  • A Zarzaur & Schwartz debt collector is not allowed to contact you before 8 am or after 9 pm.
  • A Zarzaur & Schwartz debt collector may not use vulgar words when they call you.
  • A Zarzaur & Schwartz debt collector is not allowed to threaten you with a lawsuit or any legal action; and
  • A Zarzaur & Schwartz debt collector may not contact you at work.

How to Protect Your Rights If You Are Sued by Zarzaur & Schwartz in a Debt Collection Lawsuit

If you were served with a debt collection lawsuit filed by Zarzaur & Schwartz, do not throw your hands up despair. There are ways to defend yourself and potentially prevail in court. Never ignore the debt collection lawsuit because that would effectively guarantee a win for the debt collector and allow them to obtain a Default Judgment against you.

Instead, you should respond with an official Answer to the lawsuit. Here are some ideas to remember when writing your Answer to the lawsuit:

  • Do not concede you owe the debts they allege. This is vital because Zarzaur & Schwartz have to prove that you owe these debts. Don't do their work for them. The more you make them work, the more likely they will give up.
  • File an answer to the lawsuit to the clerk of court on time. This is normally 20 or 30 days after you get the complaint in the mail.
  • Mail a copy of the answer that has been stamped by your clerk of court to Zarzaur & Schwartz.

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Effective Affirmative Defenses to Discuss In Your Answer

When you respond to the Zarzaur & Schwartz lawsuit, you can point out problems with their action. As we noted earlier, the debt collector must show that you owe the debt. This means Zarzaur & Schwartz has to prove these things to make you legally responsible for the debt:

  1. There is a legal basis for the debt collector suing you.
  2. You are the one who owes the alleged debts.
  3. You owe the amount stated by Zarzaur & Schwartz in the lawsuit.

If Zarzaur & Schwartz does not prove the above, you could prevail in Court and could sometimes get the lawsuit dismissed.

Depending on the case, you might say that Zarzaur & Schwartz failed to file the suit within the state's statute of limitations. The statute of limitations sets a deadline for when a person can sue you. The company must file a lawsuit against you before the statute of limitations lapses or they have no case.

If the case indicates that Zarzaur & Schwartz sued you for a debt when the statute of limitations ran out, you could have the lawsuit dismissed with prejudice.

There is more you can do to beat Zarzaur & Schwartz in the debt collection lawsuit game. Consider filing a counterclaim if you think Zarzaur & Schwartz violated the FDCPA. If one of their debt collectors called you late at night, you can argue they should compensate you and pay your legal bills.

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Actions You Should Take If You're Sued by Zarzaur & Schwartz

Below is a quick rundown of things to do if you are sued by Zarzaur & Schwartz:

  • Take notes when they call you. If Zarzaur & Schwartz calls you before 8 am or after 9 pm, they are breaking the law. Also, jot down if they call you at work or use inappropriate language. All of these things are illegal. If they take any such actions, you have legal recourse.
  • File your lawsuit answer within the timelines stated by your local court.
  • In the answer, you can raise several affirmative defenses, such as the statute of limitations ran out. Also, say that Zarzaur & Schwartz need to prove that you owe the debt and that you are the person responsible.

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