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FDCPA – Your Consumer Bill of Rights

Debt collection phone calls…this is one of the top reasons people file for bankruptcy – so that they can avoid having to deal with debt collectors and all the garbage that goes with it. The thing is, you shouldn’t have to...more

3 Secret Strategies to Winning Your Case With Portfolio Recovery Associates (Or Any Other Junk Debt Buyer)

The law in Arizona as it applies to cases brought by junk debt buyers like Portfolio Recovery Associates is somewhat in flux. This has resulted in rulings from the various courts that can be all over the place. Often the...more

Quick Guide to the Typical Debt Collection Timeline (And Why You Should Care)

If you are dealing with past due debts you no-doubt understand the confusion of what company is trying to collect what debt on behalf of who? (If that makes sense?). Well before a debt ends up in the hands of a junk debt...more

Top 5 Consumer Articles in 2014!

Each year on New Year’s Eve I like to take a look back at the articles I published and which ones helped the most people. During 2014 over 85,000 people from 146 countries read the articles on my blog! It always amazes the...more

Quick Guide to Stopping Abusive Debt Collection Calls

The first sign that you have fallen behind on your bills is the non-stop debt collection calls. These calls are not only stressful but can cause problems with your family, your job, and even your health....more

Leases: Avoid Unnecessary Headaches With Precise Drafting

Charter v. Kearney (In re Colen), 516 B.R. 618 (Bankr. D. Or. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sued the tenants’ landlord to recover payment of a fee that he contended was illegal under state law. The issue turned on...more

Debt Free in 2015 – Now is the Time to Prepare

We are a month away from the new year, but now is the time to start putting together your game plan to get out of debt in 2015. Debt is often accumulated over several years (and sometimes decades) and it will take some...more

Stop Allowing Creditors to Have Power Over You

I almost have my car paid off and last night I called into the bank to get some information on the payoff. I went through the normal hoops of providing them with account information and the last four digits of my social...more

Bankruptcy Sales of Personally Identifiable Information: Does it Satisfy the Privacy Policy?

Companies that are looking to sell, transfer or buy personally identifiable information (“PII”) via bankruptcy asset sales would be wise to confirm that such a transfer is consistent with the debtor’s privacy policy. If it...more

Top Ten Consumer Debt Myths (#8 Will Surprise You)

A while back I wrote a small e-book that went over the top ten myths I heard repeated over and over by clients coming into my office. As I continue to hear these concerns voiced by clients I thought it would be worth going...more

Beware this new type of credit card offer!

Can you spell "No Grace Period"? Pay the card in full on time, still get charged interest! What's that about?...more

3 Ways the System is Rigged Against Consumers

The other day I met with a family who was barely getting by – large family, large amount of debt, and underemployed for eighteen (18) months. For eighteen (18) months the husband had toiled at a job he was overqualified for,...more

Should I Fight My Midland Funding Lawsuit if I Owe the Money?

I believe many people don’t fight back against debt buyers like Midland Funding, LLC because they believe that they owe the money so why fight it? In this article I want to give you three reasons why you should fight back...more

Midland Funding is on my Credit Report? Will They Sue Me?

Long before debt buyers like Midland Funding file a lawsuit they start the whole debt collection process by showing up on your credit report. Soon after you will receive a letter or two entitled the “Pre-Legal Notification”...more

Recent Decision Creates Split in Middle District Regarding Whether 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(2) Applies to Cases Converted to Chapter 7

In the last 2 years, three judges of the Middle District of Florida (Judges Funk, Delano and Williamson) have each issued opinions finding 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(2) inapplicable in cases converted from a Chapter 13 to a Chapter...more

How Wage Garnishment Works in Arizona

While there is no good time to have your wages garnished it seems that many people get hit at the worst possible time. In Arizona once a creditor has sued you and has a judgment against you they can garnish up to 25% of each...more

Lender Risk Management for Bankruptcy Stay Violations

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a bankruptcy case highlights a risk to consumer lenders and suggests a practical approach to risk management through clear policies and employee...more

Don’t Let Debt Collectors Bully You Into a Bad Deal

The other day I had a trial against a junk debt buyer that ended in a directed verdict in favor of my client. This means that the court found that the junk debt buyer had put forth so little evidence that it was unnecessary...more

Advertising Law - August 2014 #3

FTC: Telemarketing Sales Rule Ripe For Review - It’s time to review the Telemarketing Sales Rule, the Federal Trade Commission has announced. Enacted in 1995, the Telemarketing Sales Rule (the Rule) has been...more

Have You Been Sued by Unifund CCR in Arizona?

Unifund CCR is one of the larger debt buying companies out there and they file a lot of lawsuits against consumers in Arizona. Debt buyers like Unifund claim that they have purchased old charged off debts and then file debt...more

CFPB, State AGs Announce Joint Enforcement Action Against Military Consumer Lender

On July 29, the CFPB and 13 state AGs announced a consent order that requires a consumer lender currently in Chapter 7 bankruptcy to provide $92 million in debt relief for about 17,000 U.S. servicemembers and other consumers...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds That Filing a Time-Barred Proof of Claim in a Bankruptcy Proceeding Violates the FDCPA

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) provides that debt collectors “may not use any false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any debt.” Nor may a debt collector...more

Take the Fear out of Your Debt Collection Lawsuit

Getting served with a lawsuit can ruin anyone’s day. First, the way the law requires that you get notice of the lawsuit is very intrusive. A process server must come to your home, unannounced, and give you the summons and...more

Should I Appeal My Debt Collection Judgment?

Even though I think most debt collection lawsuits brought by junk debt buyers are just that – junk, there are many factors that can lead to judgment being entered against you and in favor of the debt buyer. After the initial...more

Representing Yourself in Your Debt Collection Lawsuit? 3 Reasons You Should Reconsider

Many people who find themselves being sued by a debt collector forgo hiring a lawyer and represent themselves in court. I understand for many people this is a necessity. As a lawyer I can’t work for free (my wife and kids...more

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