Judgment Proof and on SSDI. Should I Make Them Prove Up, or Just Let It Go To judgment? – Richard
Retired, 65. Lawsuit filed but not yet served by atty. allegedly rep. purchaser of alleged CC debt from HSBC. SSDI sole source of income. 1 car, 1 home (<15K). Am apparently judgment-proof. I think the alleged debt is inflated, but have no money with which to negotiate, anyway. Foresee need for new car w/i 5 yrs. Have impeccable credit w/Capital One which held loan on current vehicle (never missed pmt. in 5 yrs.), so suspect they will car loan again, therefrom. Imminent need for new car is sole concern, not credit rating. Currently hold Capital One CC, also.
Have done legal research. Should I simply let them have judgment; or, should I force them to validate debt ownership, how alleged debt was arrived at and produce copy of original CC appl.?
If you have the time and the inclination it certainly would not hurt to make them prove up they are collecting a valid debt. You can fall back on being judgment proof in the end.
In some instances debt buyers will just walk away after a well crafted answer and follow up discovery requests. Others may make a lame attempt at responding. Others, like Midland Funding currently, will keep up the pressure. Why not belly up to the bar and see what type of collector you are dealing with?
Given the financials you laid out, you do appear to be judgment proof.
Be sure that your SSDI is the only money deposited into your bank account and you should be okay there. Realize that a judgment could result in a lien against your home, which would get paid once you refi, or later sold and where there was equity.
Who is the collection law firm doing the suing?
Who are they suing on behalf of?
Let me know in a comment reply below and I may have some additional feedback.