Do I have to show for arbitration?
Question Details: My daughter rear-ended another car almost 4 years ago. I assume our insurance company paid since it was her fault. Then, about 9 months ago, we were notified that the other party was suing my daughter but had agreed to an arbitration. Our insurance company did provide a lawyer for her who is encouraging her to attend the arbitration next month. She now lives in another state and has no way to get back; she hasn't worked in 2 years. What would the ramifications be if she does not show? Can/would they attach her future wages?
Not showing for the arbitration greatly increase the odds of an unfavorable outcome, since there will be no one there who can tell or testify to her side of the story. (Lawyers, not having personal knowledge of the facts--I.e. not having been there--cannot testify as to what factually occurred). If the arbitration finds against her and orders her to pay money, then one of the options to force her to pay (if she does not pay voluntarily) would be to garnish her wages.