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Are Payday Lenders Able To Sue You?

Failure to pay payday loans can be scary. Lenders use every trick to get more from you once you get into the trap. They will use any means necessary to get you to pay them, including threatening you with arrest.

These threats often include legal penalties. If you don’t pay, you might be called at any time concerning the lawsuit. 

Do not shy away from showing up

If you are sued and do not appear to court, the judge automatically rules in the lenders favor. the court may attempt to collect your debts.

If you are asked to appear in court by your lender, you should at least show up. If your lender has all the details, you may not have much legal defense.

If there is any fraud evidence, provide it.  For instance, if someone stole your identity and applied for the loan.

It is possible to prove that lenders used illegal tactics, such as threatening you with prison time.

Is it legal for payday lenders to sue?

Payday lenders may take your case to court when your defaults on payments or you violate the loan agreement. You signed a legally binding contract when you applied for a payday loan. This contract can’t be reneged on without severe consequences.
Lenders may be willing to follow through with their threats if necessary, but they likely don’t want to. Even small court proceedings can be expensive and take time. It may not be worth spending time in a long-running legal battle.
They’d rather work with you outside the courtroom because they’re more likely to get their money that way. This means that you can avoid any legal trouble if you are proactive and contact your payday lender if you don’t have the funds.
If you have low balance, you may think your lender won’t sue and maybe even call your bluff. But this is not the case.
Although payday loans can be used for small amounts at first, the fees and interest that go along with them can quickly add up to a large amount. Your lenders will almost certainly sue you if you don’t address the issue.

What to do if a payday lender sues?

Payday loan borrowers can have difficulty getting to court because:
● You can’t afford to miss work.
● Transport to court is not possible if you are unable to pay

What happens in court?

The court process for a payday loan case will be fairly straightforward. The case isn’t as complex as the criminal trials that you see on crime shows.
Both you and your lender will tell your stories and present evidence. Often, the judge will not require legal representation.
Payday lenders bear the burden of proof. However, they will only need to show a “preponderance” that you are guilty of owing them money.
This is a fancy way to say that they must prove that you are guilty.
However, most lenders won’t expect you to show up. This would result in you losing by default.

Are you able to go to prison for not paying your payday loan?

Two types of court proceedings are available.
Civil:
These are disputes between two or several persons or companies in which one party wins and gets compensation.  
Criminal:
 These are disputes that occur when one or more persons break the country’s laws. A person is sentenced with fines, jail time or even death.
Although payday lenders may sue you, they will refer to civil courts. This means that you will never be convicted.
They may attempt to make you scared with threats of jail for failing to pay. However, this is not allowed under American law. They are limited to:
● Credit damage
● Fines and penalties
● Trying to repossess your belongings
If they threaten to send you to jail, the law may be on your side. It is a good idea to have the letter in writing so you can present it to the court and this will become your evidence.

Is it possible to sue my lender for wrongful conduct?

Yes, you can sue payday lenders if there is evidence that they broke the law. This can help you to get your loan forgiven, and it can also discourage predatory lending practices.
● Payday lending regulations aren’t as strict as they used to be. You can document evidence that they threatened you.
Several states have proposed new legislation for 2020 which states:
● Payday loans are subject to a 36% APR cap on interest and fees
payday loan maximum amount increased to $2,500
● Limit the loan terms to 4 months or 24 months
You could have more options to use the law against payday lenders if the legislation is passed.

What if the lender is licensed and authorized?

You don’t have to sue payday lenders. However, there are still ways you can fight back and get out of your debts.
An expert may assist if you are having trouble paying your payday loan. The Debt Hammer acts as a mediator between both parties. We can stop them from threatening you, negotiate for more convenient terms and help you to get out of debt. 

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