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Debt settlement a bad alternative to bankruptcy

Debt settlement a bad alternative to bankruptcy By Liz Weston NerdWallet.com, Aug 30, 2017 (a summary from South Bend Tribune) Many people believe that hiring a company to settle their debts is better on their credit, will cost them less in the long run and will generally be better than a bankruptcy.  This is what […]

Why Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Can Be Doomed for Failure

The American Bankruptcy Institute ‘ABI’ released a report addressing the astronomically high failure rate of chapter 13 bankruptcy.  The findings are not surprising for those of us who work in this world, but are shocking for the rest of the consumer community. It is likely that many bankruptcy judges have never had a successful chapter […]

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Mortgage Lenders & Servicers Are Not Your Friend

When Mortgage Lenders Monkey With Your Loan By Bill Purdy The following are some excerpts from a very informative blog on a well-known consumer bankruptcy advocate’s web site: www.BankruptcySoapBox.com. Spoiler Alert:  As a borrower, you are an expendable resource in home loan servicing to be exploited for fees and charges. Borrowers just trying to keep […]

Can You End up in Prison After Filing a Bankruptcy?

Contempt bankruptcy court order ends in prison time: In re Kenny G. Enterprises  16-55007 (9th Cir 7/26/2017)  Kenneth Gharib refused to comply with a bankruptcy court order to turn over $1,420,000 belonging to a chapter 7 estate.  The judge imposed sanctions for the contempt: civil contempt sanctions of $1,420,000, $1,000 a day until he complied, […]

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Typical Foreclosure and bankruptcy con artist scam

A typical story of a homeowner and the con artist scum who prey on desperate homeowners: “I tried to keep my home despite the fact they started foreclosure proceedings. I self represented myself and filed initial bankruptcy chapter 13 forms which stopped the first trustee sale/ auction date. I got stuck on the second set […]

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Credit Repair Scams – $2 Million for Misleading Consumers & Illegal Fees

CREDIT REPAIR SCAMS – COMPANIES SUED FOR CHARGING ILLEGAL FEES AND MISLEADING CONSUMERS The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), June 27, 2017, filed two complaints and proposed final judgments in federal court against Prime Credit, LLC, IMC Capital, LLC, Commercial Credit Consultants (Accurise), Blake Johnson, Eric Schlegel, Park View Law, fka as Prime Law Experts, […]

Physical and financial abuse go together, by Prof. Andrea Littwin

Study finds domestic violence, ‘coerced debt’ often go together The following is an excerpt from a post by GreenPath regarding an study about the tie between physical abuse and financial abuse, by Susan Ladika/CreditCards.comm 26 September 2012 Abusers take control of their victims by saddling them with unwanted debt (credit cards, buying vehicles, houses or […]

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Wells Fargo in Trouble Again & Again

According to an article in USA Today “Wells Fargo faces new accusations that it tried to capitalize financially on its customers without their permission — this time by allegedly modifying mortgage terms for people who had filed for bankruptcy protection. With the smoke still lingering from the firestorm that erupted from the bank’s opening of fake […]

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Supreme Court Finds Debt Buyers Free to Collect on Old Debts

May 15, 2017: Resolving a split of circuits, the Supreme Court held 5/3 in Midland Funding LLC v. Johnson  6-348 (Sup. Ct. May 15, 2017) that a debt collector who files a stale claim that is “obviously” barred by the statute of limitations has not engaged in false, deceptive, misleading, unconscionable, or unfair conduct and […]

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Despite Dismal Past Failures Congress Unleashes New Tax Debt Collection Policy

April, 2017 – according an article in the New York Times, Congress instructed the Internal Revenue Service is going to use private debt-collection companies to collect overdue payments from taxpayers, despite this idea being a complete failure in 1996 and again in 2006.  This new provision was buried in a $305 billion highway funding bill […]