What happens if I sue a defendant civilly who has no money?

by admin on April 21, 2011

I am suing someone for a lot of money, however they are currently unemployed. I hear they will be in school for the next couple years as well. I believe I would win the lawsuit, but they literally have no means right now. My attorney would be asking for attorney’s fees as part of the lawsuit. Should I sue someone who has no current income?

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    ranger_co_1_75 April 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    If the defendant is judgment proof, meaning he has no money or assets for you to seize, you will pay your attorney, plus all court cost and fees. You will have a judgment against the person that is worthless.

    They can file for bankruptcy and include your judgment and then it will be worthless, and they will be free to obtain assets and money which you can’t touch.

    Attorney Michael Grossman April 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I don’t know who gave Ranger_Co a thumbs down, but he is correct. You cannot sue someone for imaginary money. It may be unfortunate, but if you do not have a solvent defendant, that is the correct answer.

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