Consumers have protections from their creditors, but consumers also have liability to their creditors. Knowing your rights and obligations is the best way to make informed decisions.

Some Defenses to Private Student Loan Collections

Student Loan Debt Rises to $1.5 TRILLION in May, 2018 There are two types of student loans – federal and private.  Federal loans have some protections for the lenders that private student loans do not.  Every month lawsuits are filed by the thousands, many that are invalid, but if the borrower does not respond the […]

Trump’s Lackey Trying to Hide Complaints About Banks and Other Big Businesses

Could the CFPB’s Complaint Database Go Dark Because Trump’s Lackey Wants to Protect Big Business? Reprint from Findlaw, By Christopher Coble, Esq. on May 15, 2018 12:59 PM In the wake of the 2007-08 financial crisis, Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency tasked with protecting consumer rights when dealing with banks, credit unions, debt collectors, […]

New Help for Homeowners, Heirs or Spouses

New Help for Homeowners, Heirs or Spouses Two important sets of CFPB amendments to its RESPA and TILA mortgage servicing rules go into effect April 19, 2018. These amendments expand the rights of those inheriting homes, awarded a home in divorce, or otherwise succeeding in interest to a mortgage loan. The rules also offer an […]

What Happens if You Default on a Federal Student Loan?

What can happen if you default on a federal student loan? You are “in default” on your federal student loan if you have not paid in 270 days (approximately nine months).  Your wages can be garnished or your tax refunds seized. How do you stop seizure of your tax refunds?

You Sue & Win, but Pay More in Taxes Than $$ Received. Thanks New Tax Law

I have been around enough not to be overly surprised by lack of common sense from Congress and our President, but the latest revelation makes my stomach hurt. What Now?? With the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) it is just coming to light that a person injured and later successful in suing must […]

Disabled Can Now Avoid Taxes When Student Loans Forgiven

Forgiveness of Student Loans: The Good News in the 2018 Tax Law: After January 1, 2018 borrowers whose student loans are forgiven due to “total and permanent disability” no longer have to pay federal income taxes on those forgiven loans. 

Help – My Credit Score is Destroying My Life

There is a fairy tale that a good credit score will get you a better life. We know that most fairy tales are fables designed to teach children a healthy respect for rules and society’s expectation.  Some fairy tales were written to scare children to stay away from “bad places”, while others teach children to […]

Student Loan Debt Mounting Daily

I make over $150K annually and I need to file bankruptcy Query from a new doctor: I am a newly graduated medical professional and single mom. In the past six months I have earned more than 80K. I think this disqualifies me from Chapter 7. Even though I make six figures, I have A TON […]

The Only 3 Times Filing Bankruptcy Is Worth It

The Only 3 Times Filing Bankruptcy Is Worth It By Cathy Moran  (Summary from Ms. Moran’s blog, link below to full blog post)  Ms. Moran is a tireless champion for the education and protection of the consumer. “Facing financial trouble, there are only three times when it makes sense to file bankruptcy.  None of them […]

“Life in the Sweatbox” for Students:

Life in the Sweatbox (reprinted from Credit Slips) Pamela Foohey, Indiana University Maurer School of Law Robert M. Lawless, University of Illinois College of Law Katherine M. Porter,  University of California – Irvine School of Law Deborah Thorne,  University of Idaho Date Written: February 20, 2018  94 Notre Dame Law Review __ (forthcoming 2018) Abstract The time before a […]