I have been Sued in small claims court for unpaid bills in Pennsylvania. Six months ago, I moved to California for work and changed my driving license to California. I and received the court summons through mail forwarding service. What are my options.i.e. Do I have to appear in person, pursue this case, or what is my best option
You absolutely should consult with a Pennsylvania collection defense attorney on this and get help filing a proper response to the lawsuit so you don't inadvertently waive your rights. Your options are 1) fight the lawsuit, 2) settle for less than the amount owed, 3) pay the debt, which will be larger if you lose the lawsuit, or 4) file bankruptcy if appropriate.
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Your best option is to have the papers reviewed by counsel. Do nothing until you do so. Act fast. You may need to act. And, you may be best off if you don't act. A review of the papers is required to know.
I cannot tell from your facts if the case is pending in CA or PA. In CA Small Claims, you cannot sue a foreign (out of state) defendant unless it relates to an auto accident or relates to absentee homeowner/landlord. I am not sure if PA has same/similar laws.
Give your papers to an attorney ASAP to review. You do not want to prejudice your rights.
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