I incurred two medical bills totaling 2800.00 while I was a single mom, full time student, working part time and had no insurance. I've since graduated. Since starting my job, late last year, I've been working to catch up on bills and get myself in better financial shape. I recently came home to a summons for court on my door from a collection agency for these two medical bills. Can court proceedings be stopped if a large portion of the bill is paid and arrangements made for the remainder? I know it sounds cliche but I don't remember ever receiving anything in the mail for the larger of the two bills (2060.00). I did however receive a bill for smaller bill but had been unable to pay. My concern is that my wages will be garnished for a large amount and I will be unable to make ends meet.
First. That does not appear to be proper service. Second, I would see if arrangements can be made to stop the collection
In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship. You are not to rely upon my note above in any way, but instead need to sit down with counsel and share all relevant facts before receiving fully-informed legal advice.
Parties are generally free to agree to anything when it comes to settling a debt or lawsuit. If you are talking about convincing the judge to stop the proceedings, that's a different story because it involves motions and invoking the law. But if you are talking about working something out with the other side, go ahead and try. They may take less than the full amount if you can pay promptly.
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If there is a case it will most likely be in Justice Court, but possibly County Court in Lee County. The service of process is probably defective since it was not left with someone at your residence. If you don't work something out or contest it in court, your wages could be garnished if you don't appear in court.
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