By: Robert J. Nahoum
Three scenarios might have led you this article:
- You have just been notified by your bank that your account has been frozen because there is a debt collection judgment against you. You call the bank to find out what’s going on and are told to speak some law-firm called Richard Sokoloff, Esq..
- You’ve received a notice from your County Sheriff or a New York City Marshall that your wages will be garnisheed because there is a debt collection judgment against you. You call the Sheriff’s office to find out what’s going on and are told to speak some law-firm called Richard Sokoloff, Esq..
- A process server has shown up to your home to deliver a summons and complaint or you’ve come home to find a summons and complaint taped to your door? Turns our, you’re being sued by law-firm called Richard Sokoloff, Esq..
WHO IS RICHARD SOKOLOFF, ESQ.?:
Richard Sokoloff, Esq. is a New York area debt collection law firm located at 990 S 2nd St, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779.
This law firm has a very specific client base – doctors, doctors’ offices and other healthcare providers.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
The reason you are just learning of the judgment now is that you were probably never served properly with the court papers many years ago when the lawsuit was first filed. New York laws require that when a debt collection lawsuit is filed, a process server must deliver the lawsuit to you or someone at your home. The process server signs an affidavit saying that they delivered the papers to you (usually by the “nail and mail” method where they supposedly post the papers to the door of your home and then mail you a copy). In reality, the process server probably never delivered the papers to you at all (called “sewer service”) and so you never knew about the case.
Fortunately, New York courts have recognized that default judgments are highly questionable particularly due to the pervasiveness of sewer service. For this reason, it is pretty uncomplicated to have the default judgment reversed or “vacated” as it is called. To do so, you must make a motion to the court called an “order to show cause” to vacate the default judgment.
If Richard Sokoloff is enforcing a default judgment against you, consider hiring a qualified attorney experienced in debt defense.
If you need help settling or defending a debt collection lawsuit, stopping harassing debt collectors or suing a debt collector, contact us today to see what we can do for you. With offices located in the Brooklyn and Rockland County, the Law Offices of Robert J. Nahoum defends consumers in debt collection cases throughout the Tristate area including New Jersey.
The Law Offices of Robert J. Nahoum, P.C