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I am getting alerts on my credit report showing 2 third party companies have charged off debt in collections. The debt on both

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are credit cards and they were charged off 3 1/2 years ago. They have no way to reach me and I have searched records in each county of my previous residence and have found nothing under my name or my husbands. If they decide to file suit how can they serve me (properly)?
I have no way to pay the debt as I am unemployed and my husband gets social security. Our vehicle is 10 years old and our home is homesteaded.

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Companies will use various measures to try and track down debtors such as skip trace reports and background checks. If they are able to find you, which in the world today is usually pretty easy given all of the technology that we all use, they will serve you at your current residence.

Your ability to pay the debt will not prevent the companies from getting a judgment against you. However, they are usually willing to try to work out some type of payment plan on a lesser amount prior to going forward with getting a judgment.

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They may, or may not sue. You may simply wait until they do, but in the meantime, you should consult with a debt defense attorney who can review your situation, and analysis options, which may include settlement of the debt, defending against any lawsuit (if and when it happens), defending against collections, and/or bankruptcy.

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If you are asking whether it's possible for a process server to find you if a lawsuit is filed then the answer is yes. As to whether someone can collect from you that depends on various factors. It's advisable for you to sit down with an attorney to discuss your specific facts and determine your legal options.

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