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Answer a Lawsuit for Debt Collection

Do-it-yourself forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive. Create the documents you need to respond properly and on time to a Washington State debt collection lawsuit.

How do I Answer a Lawsuit for Debt Collection? | Printable Packet

This packet helps you represent yourself when you have been served with a lawsuit for debt collection. It includes instructions and forms. Or if you want help filling out the forms online, use our do-it-yourself interview program to complete the forms. #0205EN.

How to Claim Personal Property Exemptions

Information and sample forms to be used when claiming that some of your property is exempt (protected) from being taken to pay a debt. #0220EN

When Should I File a Declaration of Exempt Income and Assets?

Use this packet ONLY if you are sure that your income and assets cannot be garnished. Use this packet with the Answering a Lawsuit for Debt Collection - Interactive Forms, Debtors' Rights in a Lawsuit and How to Answer a Lawsuit for Debt Collection publications. #0206EN

How to Format Court Documents

When you give documents to a Washington state court, it is important to format the documents correctly. This document outlines the rules you must follow. #9938EN

Supplemental Proceedings

If a creditor has a judgment ordered by a court and wants to collect the money from you, you may receive an order to attend a Supplemental Proceedings court hearing. #0210EN

Video - Garnishment and Exemptions: Debt Collection Defense

A creditor may try to take money out of your bank account or paycheck to repay a debt. This short video explains some of the laws a creditor must follow and what you need to know if this happens to you.

Video - What if I Get Sued for a Debt?

Short video covering what you should do if you receive court papers (Summons and Complaint) from a creditor suing you to collect a debt.

When Should I File a Declaration of Exempt Income and Assets?

Use this packet ONLY if you are sure that your income and assets cannot be garnished. Use this packet with the Answering a Lawsuit for Debt Collection - Interactive Forms, Debtors' Rights in a Lawsuit and How to Answer a Lawsuit for Debt Collection publications. #0206EN

Interpreters for People with Limited English Proficiency

Read this if you live in Washington, English is not your first language and you have trouble speaking or understanding English easily. Help may be available. #8902EN

Answer a Lawsuit for Debt Collection

Do-it-yourself forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive. Create the documents you need to respond properly and on time to a Washington State debt collection lawsuit.

How do I Answer a Lawsuit for Debt Collection? | Printable Packet

This packet helps you represent yourself when you have been served with a lawsuit for debt collection. It includes instructions and forms. Or if you want help filling out the forms online, use our do-it-yourself interview program to complete the forms. #0205EN.

How to Claim Personal Property Exemptions

Information and sample forms to be used when claiming that some of your property is exempt (protected) from being taken to pay a debt. #0220EN

Subpoenaing Witnesses and Documents

If you are going to a hearing or trial where you will be giving evidence AND you need to make sure that a witness shows up or that someone brings documents or other items, you can have the person served with a subpoena issued by the court clerk. Publication #9930EN

When Should I File a Declaration of Exempt Income and Assets?

Use this packet ONLY if you are sure that your income and assets cannot be garnished. Use this packet with the Answering a Lawsuit for Debt Collection - Interactive Forms, Debtors' Rights in a Lawsuit and How to Answer a Lawsuit for Debt Collection publications. #0206EN

Mediation: Should I Use It?

Mediation is an informal way to resolve disputes without going to court. The parties attempt to negotiate a mutually agreeable settlement with the help of a neutral mediator. Mediation can be used in many types of disputes. #3226EN

Video - Garnishment and Exemptions: Debt Collection Defense

A creditor may try to take money out of your bank account or paycheck to repay a debt. This short video explains some of the laws a creditor must follow and what you need to know if this happens to you.

What are Working Copies?

When you “file” documents with a court, you give the court documents for processing. Often you also need to give a court “working copies” of the same documents. The judge or commissioner will use these extra copies to prepare for your case. That way the court does not need to make copies itself. #9952EN

How to Find a Lawyer & Other Legal Resources in Washington State

General information about your right to a lawyer and how to find one. #9948EN

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