Have Legal Questions? Ask a Lawyer Now.
Hello and thank you for contacting us. This is Dwayne B. and I’m an expert here and looking forward to assisting you today. If at any point any of my answers aren’t clear please don’t hesitate to ask for clarification.
I need you to be a little more specific in your question(s) if you could. When we answer general ones like "what are my rights" we have to give general answers and, invariably, the customer responds with "I already knew that". This type of forum works better if you ask specific questions so we know exactly what you are looking for.
There really isn't a question of "rights" when it is a private party suing a private party.
However, you were entitled to be notified of any lawsuit(s) against you by being served with a copy of the lawsuit.
Usually this means personal service but if they can't find you for some reason they are allowed to ask the court to do what is known as "substituted service" which is usually by publication in a newspaper.
If Ford Motor Credit is actually the company that sued you then they probably did everything correctly although it is not guaranteed.
If they, instead, sold the debt to a company like Midland then there is a very, very good chance that they did not do things correctly and you can file a Motion to Vacate the Judgment.
The statute of limitations in FL on a written contract is 5 years from the date of your last payment or the surrender of the vehicle, whichever occurred later. That means that any lawsuit would have had to have been brought within 5 years.
Also, a paycheck in LA shouldn't be garnished from a judgment in FL unless the FL judgment was filed in the LA courts to "domesticate it". However, many of the debt collection companies get a garnishment ordered entered for the wrong state and just don't tell the employer that and the employer withholds the money.
It looks like the Chat function may be acting up so I'm going to switch this to a regular Q and A.
The debt was not sold - Can the judgment be reversed b/c service of process had not been accomplished? As far as newspapers, since I have been living in Louisiana since Dec. 2006; before the judgments were recorded, I still would not have notified only if they used a newspaper in LA. This was not the case. Also, my husbands corp. office is out of Boston, MA. therefore he gets paid from that location. The regional office for his company is in Atlanta, GA. Do you need more info?
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).