The Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles, Ca. We live about 20-30 minutes away from there.
Thank you for your follow-up. That actually helps. What you do is contact the courthouse and file a motion to 'set aside' the past judgments on the basis of lack of notice and improper service. If you can prove to the judge at the hearing that the signature, description, and information ddoes not fit you, you stand a good chance of reversing the decisions. That will not get rid of the debt, since the other party would be able to refile, but you should then be able to get rid of their fees and their interest that they attached to the judgments. Although there is also a potential for the judge to really get angry with the other paries and to dismiss 'with prejudice', meaning tht they would not be able to refile and bring this up again against you. Since the statute of limtiations on debt is 4 yers in California, that would make these debts uncollectible against you.Good luck.
Even though the judgements are 5 years old or more, we can still file a motion.
Thank you for your follow-up.What governs here is timing. Typically there is only about a 30 day period for an automatic appeal to the courts. But, if you just found out that there is an order out against you, you can claim special circumstances and pursue a set aside. This is NOT an easy option, and obtaining counsel to assist you is strongly suggested, but it is possible to prevail, and if you prevail it is possible to request that the judgments be completely dismissed due to the fraud of the process server.Hope that helps.
Is council or services offered at the court, if not what type of lawyer would we need to consult.
Thank you for your follow-up.This is a civil matter, you would not be entitled to free representation. You would need an attorney who has experience in litigation and appeals--potentially a collections attorney or a very experienced general practice attorney may be able to assist you.Good luck.
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