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Asked on: 3/26/03, 6:20 am

Small Claims Jurisdiction and Enforceability

My 80 year-old father recently moved from Memphis, Tennessee to Virginia to be near family due to poor health. The apartment complex he vacated in Memphis sent him a letter claiming $1100 in damages to the apartment, which we dispute. (The apartment complex declined a final walk through although we arranged one). He has now received a summons to appear in the Shelby County Court of General Sessions (small claims?). The question is, since he no longer lives in Tennessee, owns no property there and has no business interests there, does Small Claims Court in Shelby County, TN (Memphis area) have jurisdiction over him? If so, how is a judgement against him actually enforced? At his age he cannot travel to Memphis to defend himself. Thanks.

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