Midland Credit Management recently filed a lawsuit against me. I received the complaint in the mail, and I just received the summons, which tells me when I need to file my written response or face default judgment by default judgment. It also asks for an answer that shows why I should not be held liable for the debt Midland claims I owe them. But what does this mean? And how do I respond? Read on to find out more about what exactly an answer is and how it can help you get out of your midland credit management lawsuit!
Understand the Summons and Complaint
The Summons and Complaint both serve as notice that MCM has filed a lawsuit against you. The summons is an order from the court telling you that you need to respond, and it tells you what form of response is required. The Complaint is MCM’s statement of their allegations against you, and it includes copies of any evidence they have.
Determine if You Owe the Debt
Midland typically files lawsuits for unpaid debts. If you owe the debt, a written Answer is the first step in responding to the lawsuit. An Answer should state whether or not you owe the debt and set out any defenses that may apply. A court will then decide if there are grounds to continue with a trial on your case. It can take months before the court decides whether it wants to hold a trial. Meanwhile, if you don’t pay what you owe during this time, Midland may start garnishing your wages without warning.
Consider if Bankruptcy is Right for You
Bankruptcy is not the right option for everyone. If you are considering bankruptcy, it is important that you consult with an experienced bankruptcy attorney before filing any paperwork. An experienced attorney will be able to evaluate your situation and recommend the best course of action based on your unique circumstances.
Respond to the Lawsuit
If you are served with a lawsuit, please consult an attorney promptly. You may respond to the lawsuit by filing a written answer or motion. If you do not file an answer or other responsive pleading within 30 days of being served with the suit, you will be in default, and Judgment may be entered against you for the relief requested in the complaint.
Attend the Court Hearing
The first thing you will want to do is attend the court hearing. If you have been served with legal papers, you should receive information about the court hearing. If not, then contact your local courthouse. The address of your local courthouse can be found on their website or through a search engine such as Google.
A written Answer is the first step in responding to a Midland Credit Management lawsuit. This document should include all the legal arguments and defenses you want the court to consider. In the event that you do not have an attorney, it is still important that you make sure your Written Answer is well-crafted. A poorly-written answer can lead to more serious consequences, such as default judgments or worse.