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    • maddogwhite
    • By maddogwhite 19th Apr 17, 5:05 PM
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    Recived a county court claim form lowell solicitors for Aqua credit card now what.
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    • 19th Apr 17, 5:05 PM
    Recived a county court claim form lowell solicitors for Aqua credit card now what. 19th Apr 17 at 5:05 PM
    Hi I have received a county court claim form taken out by lowell solicitors. The dept was for a aqua credit card a year ago and I have since lost my job and having to claim jobseekers.
    Do I have to go online and dispute the claim and send some type of form to Lowell solicitors.
    I am not very good at understanding things like this.
    The court claim form is dated 12th of April.
    Thank you
    Andrew
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    • sourcrates
    • By sourcrates 19th Apr 17, 5:21 PM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 5:21 PM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 5:21 PM
    Hi,

    Yes, strict time scales apply here.

    Visit Legal Beagles for help on how to deal with Lowell :

    http://legalbeagles.info/forums/forumdisplay.php?105-Received-a-Court-Claim
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    • 19th Apr 17, 5:25 PM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 5:25 PM
    Hi

    If you’re thinking about disputing the claim it’s a good idea to respond with the Acknowledgement of Service for now. It gives you an extra 14 days to seek legal advice.

    This factsheet gives you an overview of the court process:

    www.nationaldebtline.org/EW/factsheets/Pages/replyingtoacountycourtclaim/replyingtoaccj.aspx

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    • fatbelly
    • By fatbelly 19th Apr 17, 8:43 PM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 8:43 PM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 8:43 PM
    Those two links are the important ones.

    Exploring a bit further do you have other debts or just this one?
    • maddogwhite
    • By maddogwhite 20th Apr 17, 12:00 AM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 12:00 AM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 12:00 AM
    Those two links are the important ones.

    Exploring a bit further do you have other debts or just this one?
    Originally posted by fatbelly
    I have 5 credit cards owning 10k in total.
    • Arleen
    • By Arleen 20th Apr 17, 1:01 AM
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    Do you have any defense to the claim? If not then your best bet is to admit that you owe the money, explain that you have no income and offer to get on a payment plan when you find employment. This may at least save you some of the court costs.
    • fatbelly
    • By fatbelly 20th Apr 17, 6:06 AM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 6:06 AM
    I have 5 credit cards owning 10k in total.
    Originally posted by maddogwhite
    LegalBeagles will help you engage with Lowell to see if you have a defence.

    Often the paperwork is defective and you can at least slow things down and get a hearing. You will see lots of Lowell threads on that site.

    Legal costs are already in the mix and, if the claim goes further, this should be a small claims procedure where each side bears its own costs.

    However...maybe now is the time to look at an overall strategy for your debts and I wonder if a debt relief order would suit you

    Basic Criteria for a debt relief order :
    Must not be a homeowner,
    Debts less than 20,000,
    Can have a car worth up to 1000,
    No other assets of more than 1000,
    Must have 50 or less left at month end, after all essential payments have been made (not inc debt repayments),
    Cannot have had a DRO in last 6 years.
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