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When does a debt collection lawsuit go to trial in CA?

My dad is getting sued, 

So when filling will he have to go to trial and get an attorney?


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Your dad won't necessarily have to go to trial. In our experience, about 50% of debt collectors just give up after an Answer is filed — they drop the case because it is too expensive to pursue. But, if the collectors continue with the lawsuit, then yes, eventually the person being sued will need to show up in court. Initially, they'll show up for a hearing. It's very unlikely a case will ever go to trial. The defendant, or person being sued, can represent themselves in court without an attorney.


In California, the first hearing is usually about 12 months out from the date the lawsuit began.  

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Your dad won't necessarily have to go to trial. In our experience, about 50% of debt collectors just give up after an Answer is filed — they drop the case because it is too expensive to pursue. But, if the collectors continue with the lawsuit, then yes, eventually the person being sued will need to show up in court. Initially, they'll show up for a hearing. It's very unlikely a case will ever go to trial. The defendant, or person being sued, can represent themselves in court without an attorney.


In California, the first hearing is usually about 12 months out from the date the lawsuit began.  

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