My question involves collection proceedings in the State of: Served in NH rendered in MA
I moved to another country in the beginning of 2009 but have returned to the US intermittently (twice a year for visits ranging from 1 to 3 months) for a variety of reasons.
Upon my last visit I found a letter explaining that I missed a court date (in December of 2010), and as such a default judgment was passed against me. The judgment is related to alleged tuition fees for a period of time when I was not living in the US, although I may have been visiting at the time. The residents that were minding my mail told me someone had waited outside of their door looking for me.
I can prove I was in Europe at the time I was "served" as my passport has stamps. I also have itineraries documenting my travels. In fact I had been outside of the US for a few months already at the time they allege I was served. I have retained a mailing address in the US, however.
What are my options and what can I do to get the judgment lifted? Should I contact the court or the claimant? I prefer not to hire a lawyer as this will not be cheap.
I would like of any available recourse I can personally undertake.
Is it not a serious offense to lie about serving someone?