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Hello, this is Jim, a dual-qualified lawyer (UK & Republic of Ireland) and happy to help you this evening.
A letter before action for a claim like this requires 30 days to pay, not 7. That is the first issue. It also sounds like there is no basis for their claim - as a claimant, the onus is on them to prove their claim on the balance of probabilities.
Is he due to issue the claim shortly? Have you replied to his letter?
Thanks, ***** ***** will have sent a response pack - that has to be filled in and returned to the court as soon as possible. There is a section to allow you to defend the claim. I can't take a call i'm afraid - I am online tomorrow afternoon and all of Sunday if that suits?
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Hi, thanks - yes, any party can ask for the hearing to take place by telephone. Or you can ask an advocate to do it for you - http://www.lpc-law.co.uk is one such agency who provides advocates. More and more hearings are taking place remotely so I do not see a problem. If there is one claim number, but two defendants (your parents) then it is one claim only. The financial information on forms is if you admit the claim but can't pay it in full and want to pay by installments.
30 days is a period of time laid down by the pre action protocol for debt claims - if this notice is not given then the court will take a dim view, as it sees litigation as a last resort. You can argue he gets no costs (the issue fee, hearing fee, etc) if he wins, due to his conduct.
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