I received a letter in the mail from Michael Ira Asen P.C stating I must pay $2,599 in 21 days What if I can't pay?
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This sounds like a demand for you to resolve a CIVIL Conversion claim. That is, it sounds like Marshall's believes you stole something from one of its stores. They are saying that, under Indiana law, they could sue you in civil court for three times the value of the stolen merchandise, plus their attorney fees and costs.
If you do not pay, they can do one of four things: (1) file a lawsuit in civil court to collect the money, (2) report the incident to the police and pursue criminal charges for shoplifting, (3) do nothing and let it go, or (4) report it to the police AND file for civil conversion.
On the other hand, if you pay, Marshall's can still report it to the police.
I'm licensed to practice law only in Indiana, and we've never met, so I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in Indiana, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Indiana, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.
If you DO owe that amount and you have other debts maybe it's time to get a consult with a personal bankruptcy attorney?
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Are you sure this is a legitimate debt and legitimate debt collector? A bona fide collection agency is going to work with you on a payment plan, not threaten to send out a "marshall."
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