I Paid Off Debt in Full But Lawyer Says I Owe More!

by julia

I had a bill from a dr. it went default and an attorney was put on my back to collect, he even summoned me to court which I failed to appear to... However I made contact with the lawyer and started paying off my debt. I paid off the $1200 that was owed, my last check I wrote paid in full.. and even asked for a receit but I never heard back and thought that I was left alone. This was in 3/2011 ... I recieved a letter today asking for another $1200... I have all but one check stubs to proove that I paid back everything. The attorney is telling me my information is wrong and to check again... I am in total shock and at loss at what to do. I feel like he is just milking me for money and taking advantage of me. Please help!!!!
I paid off EVERYTHING how can I deal with this without giving him more money?
He has sent me a statement in the middle of my repayment showing my progress (that I requested specifically so I can make sure that both of us are keeping correct track) and I made sure to mark each time I sent payment and how much so this would not happen... yet here it is.

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Sep 14, 2011
I Paid Off Debt in Full But Lawyer Says I Owe More!
by: Debtcollectionanswers.com.

I am not sure what is going on Julia, but it may be that the additional money the attorney is telling you that you owe is interest on the unpaid judgment as well as court costs and his fees. When you do not pay the full amount of a judgment right away, interest accrues on the unpaid balance and you are legally obligated to pay it. Also, when the court issued a judgment against you, the amount of the judgment probably included not only the debt you were sued for but also court costs and attorney fees and you must pay them in order to satisfy the judgment against you. In other words, although you may have paid off the debt that you owed to your doctor, there may be additional fees and expenses related to that debt since you were sued for the money that you must also pay and if you don't pay that additional sum, the attorney may take steps to collect it from you -- levy against your bank account, for example, or put a lien on one of your assets.

I would ask the attorney for a written accounting of what the additional $1,200 is for. If you do not understand the information that the attorney provides you, I recommend that you schedule an appointment with a consumer law attorney in your area who helps consumers resolve debt collection problems. Your initial appointment with the attorney will probably be free.

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