If Iwas sued by a passenger after a accident and they were awarded a default judgement, can they take my cars if both my girlfriend and Iown them?

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If Iwas sued by a passenger after a accident and they were awarded a default judgement, can they take my cars if both my girlfriend and Iown them?

The judgement was for 1M plus interest. Its been 2 years and I have not had my wages garnished or anything. I own vehicles but my girlfriend and I have both of our names on them with and/or on the titles. Can they be taken? Will the judgement ever go away?If so, how long? I was thinking of filling bankruptcy because I have credit card and medical debt as well.

Asked on April 7, 2011 under Bankruptcy Law, West Virginia

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Did you have insurance at the time of the accident? If you did then your insurance company would have defended you.  Why did you do nothing when the lawsuit was started?  Yes, they can take your cars and your salary and whatever else that is in your name for a long, long, time.  Were their injuries really that extensive?  I would STRONGLY suggest that you seek legal consultation on these matters as soon as you possibly can and that bankruptcy may e an option for you at this point in time.  But you really need to bring all your paperwork with you to the attorney, even the paperwork from the lawsuit.  Get help soon.  Good luck.


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