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I am being sued for back medical bills My court date is Friday. I have requested money fro

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I am being sued for back medical bills My court date is Friday. I have requested money from my retirement butit is taking longer than i thought. How can i get this reduced or settle before Friday. Can i call the attorney and work out a deal?
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I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you, but I believe I have information which you will find helpful.

There is nothing illegal or improper about contacting the attorney to attempt to settle. The more difficult you make collection, the more likely they will be willing to settle. therefore, if you have a defense or excuse to delay the maater, that would help you.

They will want to get as much upfront as they can and then they may allow monthly payments. They will want to enter the settlemet as a judgment.

The other possibility is you can ask for a continuance to speak with an attorney to buy yourself more time.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

i have no money up front to bargin with. As i stated i am waiting on hardship withdrawl.If i do get an agreement do i have to appear in court.

Thank you for following up with me.

To answer your question directly, yes, even if you arrive at a settlememt ou would want to appear to ensure that the terms are entered as an order and they do not try to get a default judgment against you.

Your retirement account is exempt from creditor claims.

Therefore, if you have no assets besides your retirement account then you may be judgment proof. That means that even if the medical provider obtained a judgment against you, they could not enforce it.

In any event, the best course for right now may be to request a continuance to get a little breathing room. I would not invade the exempt retirement account without examining alternative options, such as bankruptcy.

I hope this is helpful.


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