Once you fall behind on a debt your credit record is marked for 7 years.
Here you fell behind and were sued.
There was a court hearing and a judgment was entered against you.
This history of these events will most likely appear on your credit record for 7 years.
Once the judgment is entered the creditor's attorney will look for assets to satisfy the judgment.
What you should do now will depend on your circumstances.
You can try to work out a repayment arrangement.
If you have multiple debts you may wish to consult with an attorney about all your options.
Mr freedman has set forth out the basics. To add to his comments, once the creditor (plaintiff) has a judgment they will eventually try to enforce (collect) the judgment via wage/account garnishment. Also, in many states a judgment entered within the same county for which you have any real property (home) may automatically attach as a lien of that property. It is often possible to negotiate with the creditor/plaintiff to settle for less than the amount of judgment as it will cost the judgment creditor additional time and money to enforce the judgment that they may not see in return, or at least in the short return, depending on your financial circumstances. However, be very careful when negotiating/settling a debt with the judgment creditor and make sure there is a written agreement outlining the terms of the settlement. If you have several other debts (especially if delinquent) it may be very wise to consult with a bankruptcy attorney in your area before attempting to settle this judgment.
Hope this helps.
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This info is for basic information only and no attorney-client relationship should be construed. If you need actual legal representation, you should consult with a lawyer in your area who is licensed to practice in your state.
You can appeal, but expect to be required to pay an appeal bond in the amount of the judgment. If you appeal or move to vacate, you need grounds for the judge to rule on. Without grounds, expect to lose. The judgment will remain on your credit report for as long as it is valid, which can be more than 7 years. The judgment can be sold to someone else for them to collect as well. You can always try to settle this, but make sure that you get any agreement in writing.
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