Thanks for your response, Tom. On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and this is one of these times.
When you say "USA" in your responses to #5 and #7, I am going to assume you mean "Illinois." If you meant differently, please reply and let me know (and please be more specific, as this can change my answer).
There something called "statute of limitations." This is the time window that you have within which you can file a lawsuit.
Even if you stretch the statute of limitations to begin at time of last payment (which is a common thing to do), this would be beginning in 2005. In Illinois, the statute of limitations if 10 years at the most for a breach of contract
. In Israel, the statute of limitations is 7 years at the most for a breach of contract (not relating to real estate).
As such, out of the only two jurisdictions someone in your situation has to file a lawsuit (Illinois or Israel) - both have expired statutes of limitations. Thus if someone in your situation filed a lawsuit now, it would likely be dismissed if the debtor hired a capable attorney.
The only way to possibly re-start statute of limitations is to have him make another payment and/or acknowledge the debt in writing again. If they do so, then the statute of limitations restarts - you could file in Illinois (since the contract took place in Illinois and you still live there) and pursue him for it. An Illinois judgment can then be domesticated in Israel and enforced there if he does not pay. But that is IF he makes another payment and/or acknowledges the debt in writing again - if he does not, the statute of limitations makes such a claim moot.
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