From Beginning to End
Before you embark on the road to obtaining remediation for a wrong done, you have to understand what you can expect from the judicial process and what steps are necessary to winning a judgment.
The first step is to contact your local county courthouse to find out the local and state rules regarding the process for obtaining a judgment against a debtor.  Also, consider hiring an attorney to help you with the process.
  • Contact your local courthouse or consult with an attorney for more information on filing a lawsuit.
  • Gather evidence verifying the unpaid debt or wrong done.  Paperwork, emails, invoices, cancelled checks, signed contracts or correspondence stating the circumstances or proving your position.
  • Prepare and file a complaint with the court that lists all of the facts surrounding the case and the amount owed to you, including copies of your evidence.
  • File your complaint with the local court, have the summons served on the debtor and appear in court on the specified date and time to present your case to the Judge.
  • If the debtor does not show for the hearing, the court will grant you a default judgment.
  • If the debtor appears for the hearing and denies the wrong done, the court will schedule a trial.
  • Represent your case to the best of your ability at trial.
  • If the evidence shows that you have been wronged, the court will grant a judgment in your favor.
  • Proceed with collecting the judgment through execution and garnishment.