How much does it cost to file an extension of time?
There is no filing fee to file a Motion and Order to extend time to Answer a lawsuit in North Carolina. This makes it a good practice to go ahead and file an extension of time in every lawsuit, but especially for credit card lawsuits as negotiating a settlement usually takes longer than 30 days and you certainly do not want to miss a deadline to file an Answer and lose by default!
Before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and consumer protections were strengthened it seems consumers didn't have much of an opportunity to even fight private arbitration "courts" that were bought and paid for by the banks. Although registration of arbitration awards as judgments seems to have ended in North Carolina there are many questions surrounding credit card debt explored herein including debt defense and debt settlement.
Can I be sued for credit card debt in NC?
Yes- Credit cards are legally allowed to sue when the borrower is in default. For some reason many people think all creditors can do is put a negative mark on a borrower’s credit report. The bottom line is this- If banks could not sue for credit card debt they would stop issuing cards. Some of the main law firms that represent banks and debt buyers for credit cards lawsuits in North Carolina are listed below. These law firms generally represent the plaintiffs listed and do not actually own the debt.
Many States like North Carolina do not typically include Social Security numbers or birth date information as part of the public record for civil judgments. As judgments in NC are good for ten (10) years and can be renewed for an additional 10 year period this is significant news. Removal of judgment reporting means some consumers may experience a boost to their credit score in the coming month as negative items are removed from their credit report. As fixing credit report errors is often a nightmare for consumers this is a welcome change to the bureaucracy of the credit reporting industry. The Wall Street Journal is estimating this change will improve the credit score of some 12 million individuals in the United States. The expected increase is a modest 20- 40 points.
How long do late payments stay on a credit report?
If an unpaid account has not been charged off, it can remain on the report for seven years from date of delinquency.