WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU ARE IN DEFAULT IN A LAWSUIT IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA?
Questions about Default and Default Judgments?
In lawsuits, a frequent problem facing defendants, who are not represented by a debt defense attorney, is that they end up in default and have a default judgment issued against them.
Default is the determination by the court that you did not do something you were supposed to do. The court can find you in default if you failed to do one of the following things:
If a defendant does not answer a complaint within 30 days after being served, the defendant is in default. It is an unenviable position, but it is not the end of the road. In Georgia, a defendant is allowed an extra 15 days to open default as a matter of right.
If the defendant does not open default within 15 days, the plaintiff can submit a Motion for a Default Judgment. If granted, the defendant will be liable to the plaintiff.
Depending on the circumstances, the defendant may still be entitled to a damages hearing to determine the amount owed to the plaintiff.
You can ask the court to set aside your default or default judgment by filing a motion to set aside the default judgment
To get the court to set aside a default judgment, you must have good cause for not answering the complaint. Good cause is the reason you didn’t respond to the suit. There are several valid arguments to set aside a default judgment, such as you did not receive proper service of process.
An experienced debt defense attorney will look at the evidence to determine your best argument to get the default judgment set aside.
If the case against you is currently in default, it is crucial that you find a lawyer to help you set aside the default judgment. Contact our office for a free case evaluation.
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