What to do if someone owes me money and refuses to pay it?

Question Details:I would like to sue him for it or do whatever I can. I don't know what to do. He may inherit money one day but another lawyer told me his parents can write a type of Will that will stop his creditors from getting it. I'd like to know if there is way to collect the money in this case.

Asked 2 years ago under Collections and Debt | 564 Views | More Legal Topics

Are you an attorney? Sign up to answer this question.
SJZ, Member, New York Bar | FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney Answered 2 years ago

If he owns any property or has any income, you could potentially collect the money by either putting a lien on the property or garnishing his wages. You should sue him--for amounts under, say, $3,000, you may wish to file the suit yourself in small claims court (acting as your own attorney); for larger amounts, you should probably get a lawyer. Once you file a suit, he may pay, or at least offer to settle for some amount; if not, if you win the lawsuit, he may pay (or offer to settle) at that point; if he doesn't, you may be able to collect by garnishing wages or putting a lien on property (or if you know where he banks, you can levy on his bank account; or if he owns valuable personal property, like jewlery, art, vehicles, big screen TVs, etc., it may be possible to have the sheriff seize those and sell them for your benefit). Worst case, even if you can't collect immediately, a judgment can potentially be enforced for years to come--such as if he does inherit money.

Attorney Quick Finder

Top Ranking Attorneys

  • Maury Beaulier 308 Answers | Points 2090 Gold Contributor
  • Anne Brady 754 Answers | Points 1750 Platinum Contributor
  • Theresa Langford 12 Answers | Points 450 Bronze Contributor
  • Shawn Jackson 87 Answers | Points 350 Silver Contributor
  • Brian Spaulding 7 Answers | Points 300
  • Nick Best 3 Answers | Points 150
  • Anne Brady 754 Answers | Points 37680 Platinum Contributor
  • Kevin Bessant 741 Answers | Points 37030 Platinum Contributor
  • Hong Shen 568 Answers | Points 28400 Platinum Contributor
  • Catherine Blackburn 566 Answers | Points 27770 Platinum Contributor
  • Victor Waid 522 Answers | Points 26060 Platinum Contributor
  • Tricia Dwyer 480 Answers | Points 22150 Gold Contributor