What If an Order for Default Was Entered?
Chloe Meltzer | December 02, 2022
Summary: Have you had an order for default entered against you? Find out what you can do about it.
If you have gone to court due to not paying your debt then you may have had a default judgment placed upon you. This happens when you do not respond to a debt lawsuit, and when you do not show up in court. Typically this lawsuit would be against you from a debt collector or a creditor. Because you do not respond to the lawsuit, the judge resolves the case and never hears your side. You lose before you even make your defense.
Also known as an automatic judgment, default judgments happen quickly, and can easily be avoided. They also have huge consequences. If a default judgment is placed against you then it allows a creditor to take money from your bank account or garnish your wages. This is what to do if an order for default was entered against you.
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Gather information on the debt
The debt collection process can be a multi-year process before it ever ends in a lawsuit. Your debt might be sold and resold multiple times, which means there is a lot of room for error. This means you need to ensure you have all the information regarding your debt, and that you owe the amount they are saying you do.
Other information you should have, includes the original bills, notices from the debt collector, a validation letter, and any documents from the courts. If you have never been given any of these then you may have had your rights violated and be able to serve them with a countersuit to challenge the judgment.
Come up with a plan
You have four options when being served with a default judgment. You can either accept it, settle it for less, challenge it, or look into debt relief.
If you owe the money and you accept the judgment, then you can pay the amount off in the form of a lump sum. Instead, you can also settle the judgment for less than you owe. This happens when the creditor wants to avoid you filing bankruptcy. You can even threaten to file bankruptcy even if you do not have any intention to.
Because your debt has most likely been purchased more than once, for less than the total amount. This means that your debt collector might be satisfied with a partial payment, but they will require it all upfront.
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If you want to challenge the judgment because you believe it was made in error, then you may be able to challenge it. Other options include having it be set aside, or vacated completely. If you do not owe the debt or were never legally notified of being sued, then you have the opportunity to do this.
Because wage and bank account garnishment orders can start less than a month after a judgment is granted, you need to move quickly. If you never responded initially, then you have six months to claim “excusable neglect.” You can state you were sick or traveling but after that, you will only have two years to challenge. Be aware that this may vary from state to state.
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