Thank you for your follow up.
Unfortunately, the court is correct.
As long as, you were personally served with a copy of the initial complaint, the attorney for the person who sued you, only has to mail a notice of hearing and as long as this attorney or court clerk can testify under oath that such notice of hearing was put in the mail through regular mail, the judgment would generally stand.
While you can appeal this decision to the circuit court
, the law is pretty clear on this and unfortunately it is unlikely that the circuit court would reverse the small claims decision or would set aside this judgment.
So basically, in a situation similar to this, the only option that remain for a judgment debtor
(the person against whom the judgment is issued), is either to negotiate some type of a settlement with the judgment creditor
for a reduced amount or to declare chapter 7 bankruptcy to discharge this judgment (providing the judgment creditor is eligible and legally would benefit from declaring bankruptcy and the person should always consult with a local bankruptcy attorney to evaluate the situation, before considering filing for bankruptcy).
I am sorry to deliver this tough news to you, but please understand that I have no way of changing the law to make it more favorable to the customer's situation and I do have professional obligation to provide each JustAnswer.com customer with correct answer, even when the answer is not favorable to the customer.
I wish you the best of luck!