Are You Being Sued by Scott & Associates?
Being sued is almost always a scary situation. Nobody wants to receive a letter from a person or company claiming you owe them money and now have to show up in court for it. And, despite what some may believe, ignoring the lawsuit can do more harm than good, and not just for your credit score. There are loads of issues that can come up if you refuse to respond to a lawsuit from an agency like Scott & Associates, including a default judgment or seizure of your assets.
Who is Scott & Associates?
Scott & Associates is a debt collection agency located in Carrollton, TX. They file thousands of lawsuits against consumers in an attempt to reclaim a debt every single year. Even though they will offer payment plans, if you don’t pay your debt, they’ll take you to court. Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to avoid this unless you’re able to consistently make payments on time. Chances are though if your debt was sent to collections, then the payment wasn’t affordable in the first place.
Who They Sue For
Scott & Associates sue many creditors. A few types of debt they collect include consumer credit cards, medical debts, student loans, auto deficiencies, and small businesses. Know your rights as a consumer though; debt collectors are required to send debt validation letters by mail and cease all contact if requested. Otherwise, you can sue them before they sue you.
Why Should You Respond to a Scott & Associates Lawsuit?
If you don’t respond to a lawsuit, several things can happen, with the most prominent issue being a default judgment. A default judgment is when the defendant refuses to show up in court, and the judge rules in favor of the plaintiff. In that case, your wages can be garnished, property seized, or the judgment can cloud the title of your homestead property. Your credit score would be the least of your worries if a default judgment were to happen.
If you respond to a lawsuit, you have a chance to defend yourself in court. Scott & Associates may be willing to settle outside of court too to avoid any legal fees. However, if the debt doesn’t belong to you, then you’ll definitely want to get a lawyer to build your case and defend you in court. You might be able to counter sue as well if Scott & Associates has violated any FDCPA laws.
Should I Hire an Attorney to Defend Me?
You don’t need an attorney to defend you in court, but it’s advisable to do so. A good debt attorney will know their way around the system. They’ll be able to advise you on the best route to take, whether that’s fighting the debt due to a lack of evidence, or settling the debt because the creditor has a good case against you. Trying to fight the case when the opposing party has a good case with sufficient evidence can land you in more trouble than taking a stand was worth.
Who Should You Hire to Defend Your Case?
If you’re being sued for a debt in North Texas, contact us at Warren & Migliaccio, L.L.P. Our attorneys will be able to help you properly defend your case, often resulting in the best outcome possible for you, whether this is a cleared debt or a lower settlement. We’ll help you respond to the case, forming your response in a way that may sway the court in your favor, and defend you in court. Tell us about your case before it’s too late; we’ll get you on the right path to redemption.