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Archive | May, 2013

Judgments – What do I do now?

We receive a few phone calls each day from someone who has allowed a judgment to be entered against them.  What do I do now? is the question that is most often asked.  Well, it depends upon your timing.  If the judgment was just entered, then you might be able to file an appeal.  Generally, you have 30 days to file an appeal from a judgment that is filed at the local district justice.  If the judgment is entered at the Court of Common Pleas level, then you may have only 10 days to file a motion/appeal, depending upon circumstances.

If the judgment is older, we can take a look at the court process to search for errors.  For the most part, the errors that we would be looking for are defective service, or, defective notices.  Defective service simply means that you were not served.  Defective notice means that you received a notice that was not correct, that is, one that didn’t fully explain your rights.  With a defective notice, we can attempt to strike the judgment and re-open the case for you.  What we cannot do, and what most people want us to do, is argue the merits of the case.  Many clients call me and say that the lawsuit was filed after the statute of limitations expired.  While that may or may not be true, it doesn’t matter if you didn’t properly defend yourself when you had the opportunity.  What does matter is whether you were served properly, and whether you received the proper notices.

In the absence of an error, the only choices, unfortunately, are to settle or to do nothing.  There are pros and cons to each.  Contact my office for a free, no obligation review of your consumer law issue.  412-823-8003

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Credit Card Lawsuits

If you are faced with a credit card lawsuit, whether its an original creditor or a junk debt buyer, contact my office at 412-823-8003 right away. We offer a free, no obligation review of any credit card based lawsuit that is filed in PA.

FDCPA Attorneys

Many Debt Collectors threaten people, that's a fact. Threats of wage garnishment, jail, fraud charges and contacting employers, friends and relatives happens every day to people just like you. The truth is that most of these threats are illegal. If a debt collector is threatening you, contact our office at 412-823-8003 for a free initial consultation.