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Can a collector use a judgment to garnish your wages if you were not served a lawsuit summons and given a chance to defend yourself in court?

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01/31/2007

It is possible for a creditor to receive a judgment by default when the debtor does not appear on the date of the trial (hearing). In most instances all that is needed is for the creditor plaintiff to make a reasonable attempt to serve the person named on the civil summons and not necessary for the summons to be physically placed in the defendant's hands.