John Skiba – Skiba Law Group, PLC

It’s Time for Arizona Courts to Stop Trusting Midland Funding

It has baffled me for years. Time and again I see courts give junk debt buyer Midland Funding the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the trustworthiness of their “evidence” and the testimony of their witnesses at trial –…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Sued by Midland Funding in Arizona? 3 Ways to Deal with the Lawsuit

When faced with a difficult situation it is comforting to know your options. If you have been sued by one of the junk debt buyers like Midland Funding, CACH, LLC, or Portfolio Recovery you are likely loosing a lot of sleep over…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

3 Strategies to Getting the Lowest Debt Settlement Possible

Settling debt is the process of negotiating with your creditors a payment less than the total amount owed. Often times people feel that as a person who is struggling to pay your bills that you are negotiating from a weaker…more
| Bankruptcy, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Can Taxes Be Eliminated in Bankruptcy?

Tax Day is on us once again. I think it is kind of funny that my calendar I use here at work actually has a preset “holiday” alert for Tax Day – probably some sort of government conspiracy…more
| Bankruptcy, Taxation

Should You Write Post-Dated Checks to a Debt Collector?

Debt collectors will often ask you set up a payment plan for to pay a debt over time. And typically they are going to want more than just a promise to make the payments, they want you to give them your bank account information…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Before You Represent Yourself Against Midland Funding, Consider This…

Recently I met with a great woman who had been battling hard against junk debt buyer Midland Funding here in an Arizona court. Her preparation was more than adequate – she had a three-inch three-ring binder with all of her…more
| Consumer Protection

Recent Uptick in Collection Lawsuits from FIA Card Service (Bank of America) in Arizona

Lately I have seen an pretty significant increase in the number of lawsuits filed by junk debt buyers like Midland Funding, Unifund, and CACH, LLC on old charged-off Bank of America credit cards here in the Phoenix area…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

CW04: 3 Biggest Mistakes When Drafting an Answer to a Debt Collection Lawsuit

T.M.I. – Too Much Information. People often put way too much unnecessary, and potentially harmful, information in their Answers. This is one of the biggest mistakes I see consumers make when they decide to draft their own…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

CW03: 3 Ways to Deal with Your Default Judgment

Did you know that over 95% of debt collection lawsuits end in a default judgment? Default judgments can wreck all kinds of havoc. Once a creditor is armed with a default judgment the creditor can do things like garnish wages,…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection

3 Ways to Use Your Tax Refund to Solve Your Debt Problem

It is the time of year when people are gearing up to get their taxes filed. Many will get a nice tax refund check and while what I am about to propose may be some of the least fun things you can do with a tax refund check, you…more
| Bankruptcy, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

CW02: How to Stop Debt Collectors from Calling Your Family, Friends, and Co-Workers

The job of a debt collector is to make you give them money. Debt collectors understand that if they can make you uncomfortable enough, whether it be through fear, embarrassment, or simply annoy unceasingly, that you will be…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

They’re Watching You. How Debt Collectors Use Facebook and Your Credit Report to Keep Tabs on You

It is almost as if they are watching you. Debt collectors seem to appear out of nowhere anytime something positive happens. While you may believe you are just unlucky and that you can’t seem to shake that grey cloud hanging…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Consumer Protection

Debt Collectors Gone Wild!

Recently I spoke with a client who came really close to pulling out his wallet and sending thousands of dollars to a debt collector who had threatened and intimidated him and his family. You may be thinking – “how stupid – I…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

How to Stop Robo-Debt Collection Calls to Your Cell Phone

The phone rings…long pause…click…then automated voice comes on to give you a message. Whether it is a telemarketer, a debt collector, or who knows what, we have likely experienced being robo-called by a computerized system…more
| Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Stop Debt Collectors from Calling Your In-Laws

A favorite tactic of debt collectors is to call the family and friends of the person they are trying to collect money from. And it makes sense…do you want your in-laws…your brother….your best friend…all knowing that you are…more
| Civil Remedies, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection
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