Always be polite to the Court staff and be prepared with any information they may need.
Be on time for your Court appearance or for any other appointment about your case.
Be respectful of everyone in the Court. This includes the judge, the Court staff, the other party involved in your case, and the witnesses.
When you go to Court, dress as professionally as you can. This means clothes that are clean and neat.
If you are applying for or receiving a government benefit designed for low-income people, promptly report all changes in household size and income.
If you are behind in your mortgage payments, or if you are concerned that you will not be able to make your mortgage payments, contact a government-approved Housing Counselor for assistance and advice.
Be a good tenant. Pay your rent on time. Keep your apartment clean.
Order a copy of your credit report. Make sure it’s accurate and includes only those activities you’ve authorized.
If you don’t have enough money in your account, don’t write the check or authorize the debit.
Don’t give your account number and bank routing information to anyone you don’t know.
After you sign any important paper, keep and save a copy.
Before signing any important paper, read it carefully.
Beware of co-signing. When you co-sign for a relative or co-worker to buy a car or obtain a loan, you become legally responsible for making the payments if the other person stops making them.
Beware of door-to-door, phone, and television salespersons. Chances are good that you do not really need the item or service, or that you can get a better deal elsewhere.
If you are applying for or receiving any type of government benefit, try not to miss appointments, and show up on time for appointments whenever possible.
If you sign a lease to rent an apartment or a house, get and keep a copy.
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