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.

Mortgage Closing Scams: How to Protect Your Money

YOUR MORTGAGE CLOSING CHECKLIST By Melissa Yu – JUN 03, 2019, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Closing is one of the most important stages of buying a house. Learn how to prepare and what to expect so you can close with confidence. Download our Closing Checklist Closing on a new home can be one of your most memorable […]

FREEDOM MORTGAGE PAYS $1.75 MILLION

6/5/19 – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) announced a settlement with Freedom Mortgage Corporation (Freedom), one of the ten largest Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) reporters nationwide.

Our Court System

Ever wonder how our court system works?  It is rather confusing when you talk to me about bankruptcy and how that interacts with your creditor’s lawsuit and potential garnishment of your wages and bank accounts.

Arizona Legislature and “Strikers”

STRIKER ALERT – HB 2158: TAX SETTLEMENT; NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS (TAX LIEN FORECLOSURES; SUBDIVISIONS; EXEMPTION) Unexpended and unencumbered monies remaining in the Veterans’ Income Tax Settlement Fund (which was established as part of the FY2016-17 budget) revert to the general fund on June 30, 2021, instead of June 30, 2019. The Department of Veterans’ Services […]

Fake Invoices and Unordered Items

Do you receive random e-mail messages stating that an invoice is due with the invoice as a Word or Adobe document attachment? I’ve gotten at least three over this year. I know these are scams, but I would like to know that I’m not the only one being targeted.

Navient & FedLoan Mismanagement of Student Loans

Navient, FedLoan and other student loan servicers “outrageous mismanagement” February 12, 2019 – An audit report released by the Education Department Office of Inspector General described the outrageous mismanagement of federal student loan servicers, like Navient and FedLoan,

Do I Have to Pay a Judgment Before Selling My Home?

The answer is probably ‘no’, but depends on certain facts.  It depends on the law of the state where the judgment debtor lives.  It also depends on the type of assets the judgment debtor has – exempt versus non-exempt.

Scams Targeting Your Social Security Number

The following is a warning from the Federal Trade Commission: Good afternoon, Today, the Bureau’s Office for Older Americans is forwarding an email about scams targeting your Social Security number. The email was sent by Jennifer Leach, Acting Associate Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, Federal Trade Commission.

FILING BANKRUPTCY WHILE IN A DIVORCE CAN BE A TRAP

Even experienced attorneys make mistakes when it comes to the interplay of bankruptcy and divorce Whenever a divorce and bankruptcy come into play it is very complicated to determine which should be filed or completed before starting the other legal process.  Even attorneys make mistakes.  In the In re Kiley case the debtor’s failure to […]

Thieves Steal Identity and Money – IRS warning

Data thieves don’t take a break during the holidays. In fact, the IRS warns taxpayers that the agency is seeing a large increase in bogus email schemes that seek to steal money or tax data.