My question involves collection proceedings in the State of: NY
Hi, I just got a letter from citi bank, they blocked two of my account(one is my personal account, another one is an joint account which owned by me and my wife). They said "A restraining notice is a legal process that requires the bank hold or set aside funds in an account maintained by a named judgment debtor. Pursuant to applicable law, a sum equal to twice the amount now due and associated fees will be held from my account." "Citibank is required to hold my funds in a separate account until receipt of further legal process or until the expiration of one year from the date of this letter(05/29)"
I think my case is a little complicated. This debt is over 8 years from now, The date judgment entered was May 12, 2004. I was out of country at that time, so I didn't receive anything from the court. I moved to a new place after I came back, my wife came to the U.S at the end of 2005, we opened this joint account on 2006, and my wife use this account all the time. I'm currently working in CA, and my wife still living in NY.
My question is : (1)what I can do now? Is it too late to find an attorney?
(2) My wife came to the U.S after the judgement entered, and we opened this joint account on 2006, is she still has to responsible for my debt? ( I never use this account untill I withdraw some money recently)
(3) there is phone number for the attorney who served this process, should I call him?
(4) I couldn't go back to NY currently as of my job, should I find an attorney in california?
I really appreciate if someone can answer my question.