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Hi everyone; I'm a newbie here and feeling way in over my head, needing some advice and wisdom from all your experience. I reside in California. I got a notice of intention dated 7/18/2017 to sue (and incur court costs) from Mandarich Law Group on behalf of Cavalry SPV for a $8900 Citibank CC balance. Last payment made 12/2013 (4 yr Cali statute of limitations not up yet). I have not yet been served any court papers. Like most people who find themselves in this predicament, I'm going thru a tough time financially and cannot pay this loan off, so it went delinquent. Now I'm in a state of near panic wondering the best strategy is short of declaring bankruptcy. I have NOT contacted Mandarich to negotiate a settlement. I'm not well versed in the arts of negotiations, and even less in the law, So, I have been speaking to a few law firms to get some options offered to me, none of which feel all kosher! Without naming names; One suggests telling Mandarich the intention to file bankrupcy, but keep putting it off until the SOL clock runs out. (for a fee of $500) One will charge $595 to negotiate a debt settlement and also get a 5% bonus for moneys saved in the process. and so on... questions: can I use the remaining 5 months left on the statute of limitations to my advantage (running out the shot clock, as it were)? Should I refrain from calling Mandarich directly and offer say 10% ( i know that is unlikely)? what are the risks of dealing with these sharks? Is it a good idea to retain legal council, and more importantly ; how do i find an honest one?? I'm trying to get this dark cloud from over my head and get this off my back. ANY advice would be appreciated!! Thanks.
Greetings. My circumstances are debt related; Credit Card and outstanding Debit Debts. Thank you in advance for your time. 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) Machol & Johannes LLC 3. How much are you being sued for? Around $2k Plus Court Fees 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Wells Fargo & Company 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) Earlier this month (February) sometime during the second week I was given a piece of mail that contained the above information. Earlier today I was told someone was looking for me in attempt to serve; they were not successful. My mailing address and my living address are different; I receive mail in a delayed fashion. The piece of mail was "Order to Issue Notice to Show Cause", issued by the County Court. The individual to serve left a note and did not serve the papers to those who addressed them. 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) An individual is seeking me to serve; according to the below information I may not have been served. 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? According to the webpage below; a resident of Colorado one cannot be served by mail. I only have a note. More information needed. Process Service Requirements by State - Summons Complaint 8. What was your correspondence (if any) with the people suing you before you think you were being sued? None. I received but never replied to mail(s). 9. What state and county do you live in? Colorado; neglecting County until confirmed relevant to circumstances. 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) Never 11. What is the SOL on the debt? Not Sure 12. What is the status of your case? Suit served? Motions filed? You can find this by a) calling the court or looking it up online (many states have this information posted - when you find the online court site, search by case number or your name). "Order to Issue Notice to Show Cause" or "Notice to Show Cause Regarding Revivor of Judgement" Assuming the mail reflects the status of the case. Seeking to become more informed on this scenario. 13. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus (both the original creditor and the collection agency?) No 14. Did you request debt validation before the suit was filed? Note: if you haven't sent a debt validation request, don't bother doing this now - it's too late. No 15. How long do you have to respond to the suit? (This should be in your paperwork). If you don't respond to the lawsuit notice you will lose automatically. In 99% of the cases, they will require you to answer the summons, and each point they are claiming. We need to know what the "charges" are. Please post what they are claiming. Did you receive an interrogatory (questionnaire) regarding the lawsuit? Not sure when those trying to serve me will act on the County Sheriffs Department. Attempting to become more informed on the scenario before taking action myself. 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. I've been receiving mail from Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC for years. It's always proposed as some form of legal document; with various forms of deals to settle the debt. Never replied. Receive mail delayed; sometimes months varying relevance; but with every document the deal gets better. The amount owed in the "Order to Issue Notice to Show Clause" (Mail/Letter) is a medium of all the offers; being as familiar as the other mail, I added it to the top of the pile. I don't keep all the mail; a small percentage of them. @shellieh98 Answered a similarly structured topic from the same State. Don't believe I'm eligible for JAMS. Thread link below: My conditions are different. To be blunt: I'm an artist. Have no money; what very little money I do have isn't in a bank. I haven't been employed by any company that uses paperwork for over 4-5 years, I haven't received any food assistance for about 4-5 years, I've never received any form of unemployment or financial aid, and the last bank account I had was with Wells Fargo. For the last 3 years; I've practiced in keeping a very low profile, leaving little to no paper trail; online or physically. As far as the world knows I'm likely homeless, penniless, and many until earlier this year believed I was deceased. I'm totally indifferent about my credit. Let's admit: Not everyone works this way, not everyone can. I often find people terrified by these scenarios; but I survive and am only lightly concerned at the moment. I have a cellphone, roof over my head, unrestricted access to the internet, a full belly, and what other medium class United States citizens have. I even voted. I'd like to understand my options in this scenario before acting. I could use a legal pointer or two; lets assume I'm expecting to take losses. Found the best information detailing the topic on this very well structured website, with the forum and comprehensive replies. Considering this "Ground Zero" and will remain active on the topic. I'm open to answering further questions and participating as necessary. Thank you very much for whatever information can be provided.