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Predatory Lending: Leading Victims to Bankruptcy

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Predatory Lending: Leading Victims to Bankruptcy

It used to be when a person needed a loan, he or she visited the bank, discussed terms, and either received or did not receive the money, based on the discretion of the banker. When people realized there was money in lending, it became big business. This enabled many who were previously unqualified to get […]

Is Debtor’s Prison Still a Threat in Modern Day America?

There was a time when falling behind on debts and not paying creditors could land a person in jail. Nowadays, debts can still be stressful, but nobody goes to jail because they fail to pay a credit card bill. Or do they…? America has abolished debtors’ prison and creditors now have a limited number of […]

What Should I Know about Repossession?

Falling behind on payments on a vehicle can be a frightening experience especially if the lender notifies you of intent to repossess. Most of us realize when we purchase a new vehicle that repossession is a possibility, but we skim the portion of the sales contract assuming it will never happen to us. But what […]

Can a Creditor Interfere with Your Bankruptcy?

The simple answer to this question is, “Yes, a great deal.” However, an experienced attorney can ensure your bankruptcy proceedings ultimately are successful, even if a specific creditor raises an issue with the discharge of their debt. You might be forced to pay that particular debt back, but you will still receive relief from bankruptcy. […]

Five Questions to Ask before Paying a Debt

Many debt collectors behave professionally and work within the letter of the law to collect debts owed to their clients or their own companies. Unfortunately, there are also those that behave unscrupulously and mistreat consumers, sometimes to the point of breaking the law. Whether you have been approached by an above board debt collector or […]

What is Debt Validation and Why Is It Important?

Consumers have certain tools available to them that offer protection from debt collectors. This is especially useful if you think you have been contacted by a debt collector about a debt that you think is not yours or you are not sure is valid. Debt validation is a process that allows you to request and […]

Everyone makes mistakes, especially when they are young and learning about the world. Chances are if you are like most people there are several things you would go back and change from your young adulthood. One of the most common mistakes young adults make involves money management and credit. A great example of how money […]

Three Things You Should Do When Speaking with a Debt Collectors

Chances are if you have fallen behind on paying bills or you are facing serious delinquency at any time, you have received calls from debt collectors. They contact you in an attempt to collect any money you owe directly to them or to one of their clients (the original lender). There are limits on how […]

What is Zombie Debt?

Zombie debt – it sounds creepy and if you don’t understand what it is, your financial standing can be eaten alive. Zombie debt is another way of describing junk debt, or more officially, delinquent debt. This is debt that has been written off by the original lender and sold to companies that hope to collect […]

CFPB wants non-bank student loan collections under umbrella

Banks have been under strict scrutiny in the wake of the housing crisis that involved allegations of predatory lending, robo-signing and a combination of other factors. A consumer watchdog group has also put the large banks that collect student loan payments whether private or ones that are backed by the government. The group ensures that […]

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