What's going on? What is this? Take a deep breath and focus. Here's a starting point to figuring out the situation.
1. Are you the same person listed on the document? If you're John P. Smith, but the lawsuit says John J. Smith, you may have been incorrectly named. This is a clerical mistake, and the judgment may be set aside.
2. If you're Daisy Mae Carmichael from Hell, Michigan, and so is the party that was sued, you may be the person served in a Livingston County case. If you're that person, move to step #3
3. Were you ever personally notified that a lawsuit was filed against you? If you were not, then Michigan law allows you to be relieved from this judgment and allow you to file an appearance to fight the litigation. It must be within one year. If you had notice, but ignored this, then you have a BIG PROBLEM. Michigan Lawsuits do not magically disappear by being ignored.
4. In order to have a default set aside in Michigan, you have have to prove to the Court that one of the following occurred:
- Mistake or excusable neglect, such as I was in Florida caring for a terminally ill relative and did not get the mail or notice
- Newly discovered evidence not available when the judgment was entered
- Fraud, misrepresentation, or other misconduct of an adverse party, such as a my wife is really a man, and we could not have a valid marriage in Michigan
- The judgment is void
- Any other reason justifying relief from the operation of the judgment.
The most important thing to remember is to never ignore any mail from a court. If you do not open your mail, that is your choice, but it will not go away with magic. You need to go to a Michigan attorney who is qualified in the area of law of the lawsuit. If it is a Michigan divorce, do not go to your cousin's wife who does bankruptcy law. The correct Michigan attorney will guide you through the legal process and take on the issue of your Michigan default judgment.