Many things can lead to a court case against anyone these days. Divorce, civil suits, bad debts and other things can all result also in a default judgment being entered by the courts. While in some types of cases, you might just let the court have this entered you will learn there are some types of cases when it is very important that you respond and have a hearing with the other party.
In many situations, cases such as divorce will include this type of decision on the part of the courts. Usually, once the papers have been served on the other party, they have a specific number of days to reply. If no reply is received by that time, the court issues this type of decision.
When someone is charging you with an unpaid bill, you need to reply to the summons that is delivered in order to have any basis to go before the judge at all. If you don’t respond, the other party will be granted the requested amount and payment is usually due immediately. There are a number of reasons that one should answer even if they agree with the charges as stated.
In addition to these costs being added on, it will be reflected on your credit report. Further, the other party will have the ability to demand payment in full immediately. If you do not pay off the debt quickly, they can choose to have your wages taken, your bank account garnished and a wide range of other remedies.
Following the necessary steps to reach any type of resolution is important whether you are the plaintiff or defendant. As you consider the solutions that might be available, you will find that there are other options aside from filing a suit against someone. However many attorneys will use the court system to speed up the process of being paid.
In today’s economy there are many more lawsuits being filed for unpaid bills than there has been in the past. This is largely due to the fact that so many people are struggling financially and need to find more work to get the cash that is needed. While many bill collectors don’t take into account any other debts that the person might have, the court can.
When a default judgment is entered, the parties are required to follow that decision. Plaintiffs are not allow to add on additional charges other than interest that the court has awarded and the defendant can no longer dispute what they owe. If there are things that need to be worked out, it has to be done before this type of decision is reached.