My question involves collection proceedings in the State of:
I live in Illinois, Dupage county.
I have been given a court summons within one week- for a credit card debt of $ 1100 + court costs.
- It IS my debt- I will admit that. So I am assuming a judgement will occur and accept that. I am very willing to repay.
I have joined a debt settlement program - in order to make sure ALL my debtors are paid.
- My BIG concern is- last time I sat though a small claim court - the judge MADE each person -who admitted it was their debt- to make a payment agreement right there in front of the judge! Every one had to.
He did not care at all if- you were in any debt/consol programs.
- I am part of a debt settlement program and have a debt negotiator.
As of Oct -my payments are available to this creditor to settle debt.
And that is what I plan to do.
How do I AVOID having the judge force me to set up a court directed payment? (Does that NOT also override my rights to "excempt moneys and property)
I WANT my debt negotiator to continue to work with the debtor. I DON"T want to have to commit to a monthly payment while in court before a judge.
(which if I cannot pay one month- I can be held in contempt of court!)
How do I respectfully tell the judge I have hired a debt negotiator and
prefer to have them negotiate with this debtor- even with a judgement in place. And prefer NOT to commit to a monthly payment- right there in court? I want them to continue to work out an agreement.
If the judge REALLY is going to force me - -
as a last ditch resort- can I "ask for a "continuance" to contact & confer with a lawyer & get legal advice. And protect my rights."
Can I do that- or can only lawyers- ask for a continuance?
I really appreciate your advice and help!!!!
(This will be the 2nd time I've been to small claims court. The first time I had already reached a settlement with that creditor- so I was OK. I just wanted/needed to show up & make sure everything went alright)
Thanks so much