She verbally told me and even stated in Facebook chat that she would pay me back. She moved out of the state and now feels she doesn't have t pay me back because she moved. That's not right and I need help.
You listed the issue as Bankruptcy. Is she in Bankruptcy? If not, you will need to go through the small claims court process in Virginia. If you feel like you are unable to navigate this process alone, I am sure a Debt Collection attorney would be willing to do this on contingency.
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Dear Midlothian - You are a victim of selective memory - or, stated differently, your "friend" has calculated that you will not pursue her since she moved away! There is a way to sue her in Virginia and have her served, even though she is in another state, but the low amount makes it hard for an attorney to get involved. You could sue her in small claims court, but know that she would have a right to appeal if you won, and it will take your time and some money, as well. Good luck!
Depending on how inexpensive it is to sue in small claims, if you have an address where your friend can be served, and you issue process out of VA to her wherever she lives, then the Sheriff or Constable or Marshal or whoever serves process in her neck of the woods can serve her.
As I recall, VA is one of the few states that issue a Warrant in debt. And it is up to your friend to contradict the allegations in open court (meaning appear personally), or else the warrant issues and a judgment surely follows. If she contradicts then there is a demand for particulars. You attach your facebook chat printout and voi la its done, and she now goes to trial.
That is my understanding of small claims in VA. It may be wrong entirely.
Click on "Find a Lawyer" above and locate a local attorney in your area to assist you in dealing with the particulars so you can prepare and file your papers. Some lawyers charge a low fee to assist small claims litigants so its worth exploring.
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