Sued by Jefferson Capital in Florida?
Jefferson Capital Systems (JCAP) is a buyer of charged off debt also known as a junk debt buyer. As a junk debt buyer, Jefferson Capital buys tens or hundreds of millions of dollars of charged off debt for pennies on the dollar. You may have seen them reported on your credit reports or when they file a lawsuit against you. Jefferson Capital buys a variety of old debts including auto loan deficiencies, credit card debt, store cards, as well as medical loans (care credit).
What to Do if You Were Served a Summons from Jefferson Capital?
If you have received a summons from Jefferson Capital it means that you have been SUED and it is very important that you do not ignore the lawsuit against you. Depending on the size of the debt your summons will either have a one of the following:
Pre-Trial Conference – For any debts owed up to $8,000 your summons may include a pre-trial conference date and time as well zoom login information. If you do not hire a lawyer then you MUST APPEAR at the pre-trial conference where a judge will send you and the attorney from Jefferson Capital to mediation to determine if a settlement can be reached. If no agreement can be reached, then the judge will set your case for trial. If you fail to appear at the pre-trial conference a default will be entered against you.
Response – For debts $8,001 and greater your lawsuit will require you or your attorney file a responsive pleading within 20 (twenty) days from the date you were served. Failure to file a responsive pleadings could lead to a default judgment being entered against you.
What Defenses could a Debtor have to a Lawsuit by Jefferson Capital?
Jefferson Capital buys their debts in bulk and typically when you buy in bulk the documentation associated with the debt can get lost. The most common defense to an Jefferson Capital lawsuit is that they can’t prove that they actually own the debt they are suing on.
Other defenses to a Jefferson Capital lawsuit may include:
- Lack of Standing
- Prior Settlement/Settled
- Statute of Limitation has Expired
- Discharged in a bankruptcy
- Wrong Party
How Can Shmucher Law, PL Help Me?
Shmucher Law, PL has represented numerous debtors against Jefferson Capital Our Debt Defense lawyers will be able to file responsive pleadings on your behalf, attend mediation if necessary, and attempt to amicably resolve this matter by either getting the case dismissed or by settling the debt and allowing the debtor to make monthly payments (if possible).
Shmucher Law, PL can assist debtors, throughout the State of Florida, defend and/or settle their lawsuit with Jefferson Capital. We typically offer a flat-fee payment arrangement and we don’t collect our fee until a settlement agreement has been executed or the case has been dismissed. Feel free to contact us at any time to schedule a free consultation either over the phone or in person.