Many years of my 20 years as an attorney have been working as a debt-collection attorney.

That means I know how debt collection law firms and debt collectors try to get money from you. I have been on the other side of that process.

You'd be amazed at some of the tricks of the trade I have learned about how creditors go about trying to collect debts from consumers. Some of my most powerful secrets I don't just give away for free.

Unfortunately, it does cost money for me to provide my time at $175 per hour. It won't make sense for you to hire an attorney to defend against a small claim for paying a modest-sized debt.

Depending on your situation, you may have a case worth fighting.

Let's talk about it. We can evaluate your situation and your legal rights.

I may be reached at (703) 656-1230 or
Can you sue someone in another State from Virginia? Yes, but it is not easy.

In order for a Virginia court to have "jurisdiction" over a defendant who is not inside Virginia, there must be significant contacts with Virginia. Either the defendant must be involved in a transaction or business relationship inside Virginia that includes an affirmative effort to reach out to people in Virginia or must very generally but very strongly advertise in and reach out to customers or people or business in Virginia. Or they might have a sales person or office or other presence in Virginia.

It is not enough for an out-of-state person or company to simply do business with a Virginia person or company. They must show some affirmative action in reaching out toward Virginia, in particular, so that they would expect to be sued in Virginia if there is something to sue about. It is often not enough that they advertise everywhere. They must specifically target Virginia in particular.

Many attorneys are not familiar with the process for suing someone in another state from a Virginia court room. The paperwork is very complicated and work-intensive. But it is possible.

However, there is a much bigger problem: If you win the lawsuit, how will you receive your money? Does the defendant have any assets or bank accounts in Virginia? You may have to go to their state to get your money. You may have to "garnish" or "levy" or "attach" their bank account or income or business activities in the other state. So you have to consider whether it is better for you to go to the other state to start with.

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