I'm in CA and have credit card debt $25+ and I'm being sued for credit card debt breach of contract. I initially filed a general denial and showed up to the first hearing but that's it. Skipped last hearing. I'm now being asked to go to another hearing and to answer interrogatories and for breach of contract. I was going to file bankruptcy but since I'm behind on my house payment I don't want to do this because I understand that if I'm behind on my house payment I'll likely lose my home. I'm unemployed and have been for over 2 years and I'm just hoping to find a job and save my home. My husband works but it's not enough to pay the bills and house. My husband not named in suit. I really want to know what will happen if I don't show up to court again? Can they take home, belongings, car?
If I lose the lawsuit can they take my home or put a lien against it? Can they come into my house and take my belongings? Can they take my car and any money in my bank account? Can they take the money in my husbands bank account even though he's not named in the lawsuit? Also, I've been told by 3 different lawyers that if I go bankrupt and my house payments are not up to date I'll likely lose my home. Based on the answers below I'm wondering why this may not be correct. Thanks so much for your help.
I'm not a California attorney so I won't answer as to what happens if the lender gets a judgment. But, I will say that what your fear is about bankruptcy is probably wrong. You may lose your house to foreclosure, ultimately, if you cannot pay for it. But, bankruptcy is not likely to accelerate that process. In fact, it may delay it. If you have enough debt that you are considering bankruptcy, go talk to a bankruptcy attorney and get clear information about what property you can keep, what property you might have to give up, and exactly what will happen about your house. You may be surprised.
I am licensed only in Texas. Offering information of a general nature in response to a question is not intended to be legal advice in your state.
It kind of depends what type of hearing is coming up. It sounds like the next hearing is a motion to compel responses to interrogatories, which usually has associated with it a request for monetary sanctions. If you haven't opposed the motion, then the court will likely grant the motion and order that you respond to the interrogatories. If you fail to comply with such order, the court could issue more serious sanctions such as terminating sanctions (which effectively means you lose the lawsuit) if the plaintiff files a further motion. All of this will be several months down the line, however, so you are probably okay for now.
If the hearing is on a motion to strike your general denial, or a motion for summary judgment, then the chances of having a judgment against you are more imminent.
Unless and until the plaintiff obtains a judgment against you, the plaintiff cannot take your home, belongings, or levy on your bank accounts, or garnish wages once you are employed again.
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The worst thing LIKELY to happen is they will take money from your bank accounts. Often the collectors hit the account right after payday and that can be very damaging, as you can imagine. I have seen a collector try to foreclose on a house for a credit card judgment in San Gabriel Valley, so technically that can happen but unlikely, especially as your house is already encumbered by at least one mortgage and may not have much equity. So the risk of the credit card judgment being used to take your house -- practically nothing.
Missed payments on your mortgage are a problem and that is something that can be dealt with in bankruptcy. I think you have gotten bad information regarding bankruptcy and foreclosure. Please set up a consultation with a local bankruptcy attorney and explore your options here.
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