What are the consequences of a default judgment?
In effect, you’re found guilty because you never entered a defense. Default judgments are sometimes called automatic judgments because of how fast they can happen. Next up could be wage garnishment or a bank account levy, which allows a creditor to remove money from your bank accounts to repay the debt.
Why you should never pay a collection agency?
If the creditor reported you to the credit bureaus, your strategy has to be different. Ignoring the collection will make it hurt your score less over the years, but it will take seven years for it to fully fall off your report. Even paying it will do some damage—especially if the collection is from a year or two ago.
How do you beat a debt collector in a lawsuit?
Respond to the Lawsuit or Debt Claim. Challenge the Company’s Legal Right to Sue. Push Back on Burden of Proof. Point to the Statute of Limitations. Hire Your Own Attorney. File a Countersuit if the Creditor Overstepped Regulations. File a Petition of Bankruptcy.