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Collecting on a Debt in Australia

Stupidly, I trusted my ex-fiance and lent him over $8,000 to help lower his debts. He dumped me after receiving the money (no explanation given, of course) and has since relocated to South Australia to avoid paying me back.

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It went through the small debts court and I have a judgement against him, but he has no assets that were deemed seizable by the idiot sheriff down there. Does anyone know how I can get a claim on his wages? I don't want to keep wasting money trying to get his debt repaid.

Cathy from Queensland, Australia

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September 21, 20060 found this helpful

Dear Cathy, How wretched! Here in the States we would get an attorney to handle it, but I think we can also go to the courthouse and get a form to fill out. Personally, I think it's worth an attorney, even though you wind up paying a third or so for his/her fee. And I would never lend anyone a dime again, although if the need were real, I would GIVE it to them. Good luck!

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September 23, 20060 found this helpful

I don't know either how things work in Australia. But I wouldn't give up no matter what it costs. Just on principle. Too many men do things like that. Hire a lawyer (attorney, barrister?). Or, do you have Private Detectives there? Yes, I have been a victim also. And I was too upset to do anything until it was too late. So don't let the same thing hapen to you. Good luck.

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September 23, 20060 found this helpful

WOW! What a bummer! You are not the first to have this happen, I think a lot of us have trusted someone, only to bet burned. The court where you won your judgement should have the information on how to start a garnishment on the "loser". If you do not find any help there, it probably would be a good idea to hire an attorney. What ever you do, best of luck!

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September 25, 20060 found this helpful

What you need is a Hit Man...(just kidding)

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September 27, 20060 found this helpful

Hi, thank you so much for your support! It;'s awful to go through this, but I've learned my lesson! I will never lend money again, even if I am engaged!

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