I have a judgement from a national bank since 2008. Upon looking further, the representing attorney (improperly) served me at an address I had no affiliation with (property owner had same name). Therefore, I had no formal knowledge of the lawsuit.
How long ago had you known about this judgment? If it has been more than a year since you have known about the judgment, the court will almost certainly deny any motion to vacate as you have to timely file that motion to vacate once you know about the judgment.
If you are just disputing whether service on you was proper but not disputing that you owed the original debt and the judgment is for the amount of debt you are not disputing, the court will also very likely not vacate the judgment.
If you hire an attorney, you likely will have to pay the attorney several thousand dollars.
"Is it recommended I can represent myself to go through the process to motion to vacate the judgement?" You should know yourself better than any stranger here at this website knows you. Do you think you can handle the case yourself? It is not that attorneys have special abilities. It is that attorneys have spent years learning, re-learning, and practicing the skills and knowledge needed to go through the legal system.
Vacating a judgment is not an easy process, procedurally or substantively. If you know what you are doing, you can do it. If not, that is what attorneys are for.
It has been a long time since the judgement has been entered. The court rules limit the time for vacating a judgement. Some reasons are limited to 1 year, others are limited to a reasonable time. You will have to explain why you have waited 7 or 8 years.
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