Answer was filed with Affirmative Defenses. Also, served Demand for Bill of Particulars ---response received was ONLY credit card statements for account number that does not match with Plaintiff's and Counsel's collection letters. Account number was not referenced in their complaint. I wanted to see a document evidencing first --- the validity of the debt (in question), and second, their ownership of the debt. At TRIAL, can I ask for these documentary evidence (I am assuming they will have to respond to the Affirmative Defenses at Trial)? Thank you.
I agree with Mr. Doland. For your information, what the plaintiff must prove at trial, at a minimum, is that you incurred the debt, you didn't pay the debt (or at least not all of it), and that the plaintiff either was the other party or has acquired the rights of the other party. If it was a promissory note or a written agreement, the plaintiff should produce the original at trial for cancellation, or prove why the original cannot be produced. These things are not difficult for the plaintiff's attorney to do, and may be tricky for an amateur to stymie. Hence the need for a competent attorney.
Good luck to you.
I think you would be well served by a lawyer for your legal matter. Lawyers generally file a "laundry list" of affirmative defenses, some of which they prove at trial and some of which they abandon. You sound as if you might have a viable case, but even winning cases can be lost by the inexperienced.
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Your desire to see the documentary proof of the debt and ownership are correct. Depending upon the amount at stake you will need to decide whether the involvement of an attorney is warranted. It can certainly help. At the end of the day, it is the creditor's burden to prove the existence of a debt and their ownership.
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