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.

judgment debtor's examination

What is a Judgment Debtor’s Examination?

The following applies to Arizona lawsuits and collection rights. When a creditor sues and obtains a judgment there are several options available in order to collect on the judgment.  The one that is the most scary for the consumer is the “judgment debtor’s examination”.

Rebuilding Credit Score

Millions could get boost in credit score this summer

Credit Reports to Exclude Certain Negative Information, Boosting FICO Credit Scores, by AnnaMaria Andriotis at The Wall Street Journal As a result of increasing pressure from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other regulatory concerns, the three major credit-reporting agencies are changing their standards for two pieces of negative information: tax liens and civil judgments. 

Student Loan Forgiveness Approval Letters May Be Invalid

Thousands of student loan approval letters from FedLoan Servicing are not binding and can be rescinded at any time. According to a New York Times article “more than 550,000 people have signed up for a federal program that promises to repay their remaining student loans after they work 10 years in a public service job,” […]

Experian Fined $3 Million for Deceiving Consumers

According to a report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ‘CFBP’ Experian is fined $3 Million for Deceiving Consumers Washington, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today took action against Experian and its subsidiaries for deceiving consumers about the use of credit scores it sold to consumers. Experian claimed the credit scores it […]

Wells Fargo

Subprime Vehicle Loans are Skyrocketing

Subprime vehicle loans – according to an article in Automotive News and Bloomberg “about a third of the risky car loans that are bundled into bonds are considered “deep subprime,” a level that has surged since 2010 and is translating to higher delinquencies on the loans, according to Morgan Stanley.” Automotive financing is following the […]

Rebuilding Credit Score

Rebuilding Your Credit Score After Bankruptcy

(Los Angeles Times, by Liz Weston 10/30/15 & InForum, Q: How do you repair credit scores after filing for bankruptcy? My husband and I are in this situation and are looking to re-establish credit and increase our credit score. Also, how long do closed accounts appear on the credit report?

A: Filing for bankruptcy may have actually helped your scores. Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia found scores typically plunged in the 18 months before people filed for bankruptcy and rose steadily afterward. The average credit score before someone filed Chapter 7 was 538.2 on Equifax’s 280-to-850 scoring range. By the time filers’ cases were discharged, their average score was 620.3.

Get a secured credit card or a loan with a credit-builder loan. Typically you deposit money ($200 to $500) into an account from which you can borrow or use the credit card.  Normally these payments will be listed on your credit report.  Make sure to ask the bank or credit card company if they report this type of secured debt on the credit report.

“You should use the card lightly but regularly, being careful not to charge more than about 30 percent of its credit limit and paying the balance in full each month.”

About the Author:
Diane Drain
Diane L. Drain is a well known and respected Arizona bankruptcy attorney. She is an expert in both consumer bankruptcy and real estate laws. Since 1985 she has been a dedicated advocate for her clients and spokesperson for Arizona citizens. Diane is a professor of law and has taught bankruptcy for more than 20 years. As a teacher she believes in offering everyone, not just her clients, advice about the Arizona bankruptcy laws. She is also a mentor to hundreds of Arizona attorneys.Read More →

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Rebuilding Credit Score

Millions could get boost in credit score this summer

Credit Reports to Exclude Certain Negative Information, Boosting FICO Credit Scores, by AnnaMaria Andriotis at The Wall Street Journal As a result of increasing pressure from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other regulatory concerns, the three major credit-reporting agencies are changing their standards for two pieces of negative information: tax liens and civil judgments.  The […]

Student Loans

Student Loan Defaults Rising Faster Than Most Expected

March, 17, 2017: According to the Washington Post article Student Loan Defaults Are Rising Faster than you Think – “a new analysis of federal student loans reveals that the number of people severely behind on repaying their debt has soared in the past year, painting a bleak picture of one of the largest government programs.

Mortgage Modification

2017 – New Loan Modification Program for FNMA & FREDDIE Mac

By Geoff Walsh, a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) who focuses on foreclosure prevention, consumer bankruptcy, and other consumer credit issues.  An active member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. Walsh is co-author of Foreclosures and Mortgage Servicing, Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Foreclosure Prevention Counseling, Student Loan Law, and […]

Nationstar Mortgage to Pay 1.7M For Failure to Report Accurate Loan Data

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Nationstar Mortgage LLC for violating the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) by consistently failing to report accurate data about mortgage transactions for 2012 through 2014. The CFPB is requiring Nationstar to pay a $1.75 million civil penalty, improve its compliance management to prevent future violations, and review, […]