If you were sued by the other party, and you agree that you do owe them money, you can request to pay the other party in smaller payments over time before a judgment is reached in exchange for them dismissing the case. You can propose this in your settlement letter.
Consider building your payment request based on these terms so it’s easy for the plaintiff to understand and the same terms will translate to an after-judgment payment plan request with the court. You can also use this to show the court later that you would like to have a payment plan granted.
- Frequency: how often the payments should be
- Weekly / Every 2 weeks / Monthly / Every 2 months / Quarterly
- Payment amount: amount for each payment
- First payment date
- Last payment date: a payment plan that lasts longer than 12 months may have a lower chance of being accepted.
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NEED HELP WITH YOUR JUSTICE JOURNEY?
The quest for justice is never easy, particularly when it comes to getting your money back. However, thanks to advances in technology, it has become easier. Quest for Justice’s first app, JusticeDirect, is the only app of its kind designed to support people without lawyers to resolve their disputes and get their money back, both in and out of court.
The first step to getting money back is through a letter demanding payment from the other party JusticeDirect offers customizable demand letters for free. If the letter demanding payment does not work, then the next step is taking them to court.
JusticeDirect* will guide users every step of the way through the small claims court process by helping them:
- Understand the legal process;
- Evaluate the pros and cons that come with taking someone to court;
- Generate small claims court forms; and,
- Avoid common mistakes when filing your forms and serving notice on the other side.
*Currently, JusticeDirect can only help litigants sue in California’s small claims court.