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    Help-legal issues.

    I have a warrant for my arrest with the bond of 500.00. Its from not going to court once again over a doctor bill that is 6 years old. I had been paying on it every month til I got sick and had to resign and file for disability.

    The lawyer is a rude bitch that says everyone has some sob story...she expected my mom that is supporting me right now to make the payments. To me this is illegal...but anyways. She gave me a note on paper to come back to court but even with it on my desk i forgot about it. Due to my brain pressure and health issues right now I cant remember crap and when i do i quickly forget it again.

    I am wondering what should i do? I dont have 500.00. As soon as i show up to post the bail they take my pic and arrest me. Then release me after i sign some paper work. They keep the 500.00 and apply it to the doctor bill which now is i believe under 1500.00. To me it smells of extortion! This lawyer knows my situation but dont care. Also she knows i have a SSD lawyer.

    I have thought about filing bankruptsy at some time but right now i just cant do anything. What are my options? If i have any. LOL
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    This does not sound right at all. I have never heard of someone going to jail for an unpaid medical bill. Can u contact a lawyer for a free consult? They could point in the right direction or contact legal aid to get a lawyer, they are for low income people. Plus, they would prob know how to work it so that u are not arrested. I hope someone else had better information for you. I wish you the best.

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    Who told you there was a warrant out for your arrest? You can't be arrested for not paying a doctor's bill. Collection agencies use this line all the time.

    It must be a contempt of court charge if you didn't show up for a writ of execution court hearing, after a previous hearing found you owed the creditor the money.

    Regardless, it's very rare to be arrested for this type of thing. It usually never goes this far.
    Quote Originally Posted by Suzie Q View Post
    I have a warrant for my arrest with the bond of 500.00. Its from not going to court once again over a doctor bill that is 6 years old. I had been paying on it every month til I got sick and had to resign and file for disability.

    The lawyer is a rude bitch that says everyone has some sob story...she expected my mom that is supporting me right now to make the payments. To me this is illegal...but anyways. She gave me a note on paper to come back to court but even with it on my desk i forgot about it. Due to my brain pressure and health issues right now I cant remember crap and when i do i quickly forget it again.

    I am wondering what should i do? I dont have 500.00. As soon as i show up to post the bail they take my pic and arrest me. Then release me after i sign some paper work. They keep the 500.00 and apply it to the doctor bill which now is i believe under 1500.00. To me it smells of extortion! This lawyer knows my situation but dont care. Also she knows i have a SSD lawyer.

    I have thought about filing bankruptsy at some time but right now i just cant do anything. What are my options? If i have any. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzie Q View Post
    I have a warrant for my arrest with the bond of 500.00. Its from not going to court once again over a doctor bill that is 6 years old. I had been paying on it every month til I got sick and had to resign and file for disability.

    The lawyer is a rude bitch that says everyone has some sob story...she expected my mom that is supporting me right now to make the payments. To me this is illegal...but anyways. She gave me a note on paper to come back to court but even with it on my desk i forgot about it. Due to my brain pressure and health issues right now I cant remember crap and when i do i quickly forget it again.

    I am wondering what should i do? I dont have 500.00. As soon as i show up to post the bail they take my pic and arrest me. Then release me after i sign some paper work. They keep the 500.00 and apply it to the doctor bill which now is i believe under 1500.00. To me it smells of extortion! This lawyer knows my situation but dont care. Also she knows i have a SSD lawyer.

    I have thought about filing bankruptsy at some time but right now i just cant do anything. What are my options? If i have any. LOL
    I'd relax. As RDF said, you can't go to jail for unpaid medical bills.
    I'd tell the person who said that, "nice try", and not pay the money
    until I have it. Don't stress yourself out. No one is suffering because
    you haven't paid that measly $1500 off.

    You say the bill is 6 years old. They may be trying to get you to
    pay before a statute of limitations runs out. Some states have a
    7 year S.O.L. within which they can sue. Check out this site. SOURCE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzie Q View Post
    I have a warrant for my arrest with the bond of 500.00. Its from not going to court once again over a doctor bill that is 6 years old. I had been paying on it every month til I got sick and had to resign and file for disability.

    The lawyer is a rude bitch that says everyone has some sob story...she expected my mom that is supporting me right now to make the payments. To me this is illegal...but anyways. She gave me a note on paper to come back to court but even with it on my desk i forgot about it. Due to my brain pressure and health issues right now I cant remember crap and when i do i quickly forget it again.

    I am wondering what should i do? I dont have 500.00. As soon as i show up to post the bail they take my pic and arrest me. Then release me after i sign some paper work. They keep the 500.00 and apply it to the doctor bill which now is i believe under 1500.00. To me it smells of extortion! This lawyer knows my situation but dont care. Also she knows i have a SSD lawyer.

    I have thought about filing bankruptsy at some time but right now i just cant do anything. What are my options? If i have any. LOL
    Call the nearest legal aid office if there is one. Never heard of someone getting arrested for missing a court date or two so something doesn't sound right. I especially never heard of bail money being applied to a debt. Maybe Illinois is different from what I know, so legal aid is your best chance for good advice.
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    a folded up piece of green paper came via the mail man today. It says Notice of warrant for arrest. It has a date and case number. It was for failure to appear. But this crazy bitch wants me to drag my ass in court every month just for harassment. It wants me to post the 500.00 and it says failure with in a reasonable time will result in your arrest and confinement until you can post bond. Sheriff Tom Cundiff.

    This lawyer is used by other business that hire her for small claims cases. She herds all the poor in their that have medical bills and pay day loans. Last court date i went to a couple of months ago the court room was all disabled people.

    Barbara Woodcock is the lawyers name btw. feel free to send any hate mail you wish to her!
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    She surely must be breaking some law about fair debt collection practices. I would turn the tables on her and file a complaint with the proper agency.

    There is no state in this country that has a statute of limitations longer than six years. It takes seven years to get the negative information removed from a persons credit file.

    start researching fair debt collection practices. I think you will find some help there and information about how to file a complaint against this woman.

    Whatever you do, do not state that you will pay her anything. If you make arrangements to pay or make any kind of payment it will start the clock again.

    You must find a way to deal with the warrant for failure to appear. You may want to take the chance that rather than bail, say that you will go to jail. They might just release you on your own recognizance due to overcrowding of jails.

    Please research very carefully before you do this however.

    You need to definitely check into the state statutes regarding fair debt collection practices in your state. Then research the federal rules on this and find a legal aid lawyer that is willing to clean her clock. You are entitled to damages if she is violating the law of fair debt collection practices.

    If your only money is coming from a disability check from SS, you are judgement proof. She knows this. They can however attach your bank account and getting the money back can be a nightmare. Money from SSDI or SSI is not attachable. Your bank may cooperate with the court anyway and leave you to clean up the mess later and have to prove that all money in your account was from disability sources. Really a nightmare. Be sure that any money in your account is only from the disability and not mixed with another persons paycheck or anything. They can grab it from you and then you will have to spend more than the bill just to get it back most likely.
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    Call the papers and television station. "Unemployed disabled woman about to be arrested for not paying doctor's bill." They'll eat it up.

    Anyway, call the sheriff's and the district attorney, find if there's a warrant out for you. Then I'd call the media.
    Quote Originally Posted by Suzie Q View Post
    a folded up piece of green paper came via the mail man today. It says Notice of warrant for arrest. It has a date and case number. It was for failure to appear. But this crazy bitch wants me to drag my ass in court every month just for harassment. It wants me to post the 500.00 and it says failure with in a reasonable time will result in your arrest and confinement until you can post bond. Sheriff Tom Cundiff.

    This lawyer is used by other business that hire her for small claims cases. She herds all the poor in their that have medical bills and pay day loans. Last court date i went to a couple of months ago the court room was all disabled people.

    Barbara Woodcock is the lawyers name btw. feel free to send any hate mail you wish to her!
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    Call the local news station. They'll eat this up.
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    Several years ago a sheriff deputy rang our doorbell at 6:00 AM.
    My adult son was a student and staying with us while he finished school.
    He was served with papers (I don't remember what they were called) from a collection agency working for the hospital. He did not realize he had a clinic bill AND a hospital bill from an ER visit that turned out to be Bell's Palsy. Ignorance is no excuse, but that is what happened to him. (He had paid one bill, but not the other thinking it was paid)
    Since I got the mail and never saw any bills it seemed strange, but he did owe a couple hundred dollars and paid it.
    Last edited by LindaT; 05-04-2010 at 11:41 AM. Reason: clarify

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