The problem is finding an attorney that will
file it; there isn't much money to be made
defending tenants when the landlords have
deeper pockets. I suppose I could file it but
you know it won't look nearly as
It ain't rocket science.
I went through quite a few Ohio counties until I found the following preprinted Motion to Set Aside Default Judgment. You can modify it to put your local court info in it:
And if you are wondering what to put in that big white space in the middle of the form, here are a couple of samples from other states that you can use as guides to flesh it out:
And this one has all the legalese that would make a lawyer proud:
At the time of the hearing, even if I had
been there, all I could prove is a money
order was cashed but I couldn't prove who it
was made out to. I knew who it was made out
to then but I still would have had to prove
it and I couldn't prove it at that time.
Had you gone to the hearing you could have asked for a continuance (postponement) to give you time to get the cashed money order. If the judge had denied you the continuance it would have just given you grounds for an appeal.
At this point, though, I don't think you have anything to lose by filing a motion to set aside the judgment, professional looking or not.
I see that Drew cut in ahead of me, but he does make a good suggestion about what to put in the big white space.