John Skiba – Skiba Law Group, PLC

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

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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

3 Ways to Help Your Lawyer Win Your Debt Collection Lawsuit

Most of the people I meet with who are facing a debt collection lawsuit have (1) never been sued before, and (2) never even hired a lawyer previously. And I think it is fair to say that is a good thing…more
| Bankruptcy, Consumer Protection

Are You Being Sued by Alco Capital Group?

I handle a lot of debt collection lawsuits where the party suing is not the original creditor. Debt buyers – companies that purchase large pools of charged off debt – often file a lawsuit soon after they allegedly acquire the…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

How Long Do I Have to Bring My FDCPA Claim?

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) is a federal law that prohibits debt collectors from treating the people who they are attempting to collect from unfairly or with disrespect. Common violations of the FDCPA…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

How to Win Your Case Against Midland Funding

Midland Funding lawsuits always seem to come at the worst possible time (is there ever really a “good” time to be sued?). Midland Funding often seems to file the debt collection lawsuit right before the statue of limitations…more
| Bankruptcy
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