John Skiba – Skiba Law Group, PLC

1640 South Stapley Drive Suite 127
Mesa, Arizona 85204, United States

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4 Keys to Successful Debt Settlement

Whether you are facing past due credit cards, medical bills, or are dealing with a debt collection lawsuit, debt settlement maybe a viable option for eliminating your debt problems. However, debt settlement doesn’t work in all…more
| Finance & Banking

Sued by Copper State Financial Management? How to Deal with the Small Junk Debt Buyers.

In the world of junk debt buying all debt buyers are not created equal. The big guys like Midland Funding, Portfolio Recovery Associates, and Cavalry SPV file hundreds of thousands of debt collection lawsuits per year. However,…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Don’t Let Your Bankruptcy Define Who You Are

Over the years I have helped a lot of families that I personally know with their bankruptcy case. I have always appreciated that friends and family would feel comfortable coming to me to discuss their personal financial…more
| Bankruptcy, Finance & Banking

How Prior Bankruptcy Filings Can Impact Your Current Bankruptcy

If you have read much at all on my bankruptcy blog you will no doubt be familiar with my mantra – “no one wants to file for bankruptcy”. And while I believe that to be true, some people find themselves in a situation where they…more
| Bankruptcy

Two Steps to Avoiding a Default Judgment in Your Arizona Debt Collection Lawsuit

Too often I meet with people that have either ignored the fact that have been sued by one of their creditors or even more troubling- aren’t even aware that there is lawsuit is pending against them…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Make Debt Collectors Validate the Debt

I do a lot of trials in debt collection cases against debt buyers such as Midland Funding, Encore Capital, Portfolio Recovery, and Calvary SPV. A common tactic of these debt buying companies at trial is to bring up the issue…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

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
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection

Open the Door! Why You Shouldn’t Avoid Being Served in Your Debt Collection Lawsuit

Over the years I have noticed that I revisit the topic of whether or not you should avoid the process server in your debt collection lawsuit. It is usually spurred on by a person I meet with in a consultation who had a default…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

3 Strategies for Defending Low Value Debt Collection Lawsuits

Getting sued – no matter how large or small the amount being sued for – can be a very stressful situation. Surprisingly, some debt buyers like Midland Funding and Portfolio Recovery Associates will file lawsuits to recover…more
| Bankruptcy

Am I Allowed to Go on Vacation While in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

I don’t ever sugar coat the realities of a chapter 13 bankruptcy. When you sign up for a chapter 13 you are in it for the long haul. Most chapter 13 bankruptcies I deal with last 60 months. Some are as low as 36 months, but…more
| Bankruptcy

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
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection

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
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection

Bankruptcy Does Not Make You Bad

Sometimes when I meet with families to discuss filing for bankruptcy the tone of the meeting turns from a legal consultation to something more akin to a confessional. I will sit and listen while fathers and mothers pour their…more
| Bankruptcy

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
| Bankruptcy, Consumer Protection

The Devil is in the Details of Your Debt Collection Case

I recently had a trial against a junk debt buyer that had an interesting twist that I thought could be helpful to those facing debt collection lawsuits from debt buyers like Midland Funding, Unifund, Portfolio Recovery, or one…more
| Bankruptcy, Consumer Protection
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