3 Tips for Drafting the Answer in a Debt Collection Lawsuit | Summary and Q&A

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January 22, 2018
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3 Tips for Drafting the Answer in a Debt Collection Lawsuit

TL;DR

Learn how to draft an effective response to a debt collection lawsuit, avoiding common mistakes and pitfalls.

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Key Insights

  • ❓ Responding to a debt collection lawsuit is crucial to avoid a default judgment, even if you don't have an attorney.
  • 😫 The court is only concerned with determining legal liability and is not responsible for helping set up payment plans or settlements.
  • ❓ Be cautious when admitting allegations from debt buyers without sufficient evidence.
  • ❓ Carefully examine paragraphs with multiple allegations and respond to each allegation individually.
  • ❓ Avoid providing unnecessary details in your response that are not relevant to the allegations made in the complaint.
  • 😒 Use the resources provided by the Consumer Warrior Project for guidance on drafting your own response to a debt collection lawsuit.
  • 🥺 Failing to respond or admitting to all allegations can lead to a quick resolution in favor of the plaintiff.

Transcript

(upbeat music) - Hey everyone, welcome back to the Consumer Warrior Podcast. This podcast is dedicated to helping you with your big debt problems. If you're just dabbling in debt, this isn't the podcast for you. Here we deal with the big debt problems like repossession, debt collection lawsuits, foreclosure, bankruptcy and all those other horrible ... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: Why is it important to draft a response to a debt collection lawsuit?

Drafting a response is crucial because failing to respond can lead to a default judgment against you, making it easier for the debt collector to collect the owed amount.

Q: Can I use the answer to explain my financial difficulties and request a payment plan?

No, the court is only concerned with determining legal liability and will not assist in establishing a payment plan or settlement. The judge's job is to determine if the debt is owed and how much.

Q: What should I do if a debt buyer alleges ownership without providing evidence?

If the debt buyer has not provided sufficient evidence of ownership, it is important to deny their claim. Do not admit to anything blindly without concrete proof.

Q: How should I respond if a paragraph in the complaint contains multiple allegations?

Be careful when responding to paragraphs with multiple allegations. If you agree with some but not all of the allegations, clearly state which ones you admit and which ones you deny.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • This podcast episode discusses the importance of drafting an answer to a debt collection lawsuit and provides tips on how to do it correctly.

  • Many people get sued by debt collectors and represent themselves, leading to a high number of defaults. Less than 1% of defendants have attorneys.

  • The podcast advises against using the answer as an opportunity to tell a personal story and emphasizes the need to respond accurately based on the allegations made in the complaint.

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