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Diane Receives Gold Client Award

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU EARNED OUR GOLD CLIENT CHAMPION AWARD! Announcement from Martindale-Hubbell: your clients think you are wonderful and so do we! Because your clients have highly recommended you, we are thrilled to award you our new Gold Client Champion award!

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November 6, 2017


Reverse Mortgage Nightmare – Why Seniors Are Losing Their Homes

Federal analysis shows reverse mortgage foreclosures are on the rise. The problem, say advocates, is that many senior homeowners don’t understand the fine print in a reverse mortgage. Some wrongly assume the lender will pay the taxes and insurance. But fall behind on those payments or fail to maintain the home, and the lender can […]

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October 21, 2017


Bank of America Holds Family Hostage According to Judge

October 19, 2017 – Article posted in Bloomberg.com. Bank of America tries to bully a bankruptcy judge,  ignoring the consequences of illegal acts, but the judge is not standing for it. Bank of America seems to think they can bully a bankruptcy judge,  like they did a California couple in a nightmare foreclosure, but the […]

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October 19, 2017


FDAA Cheated Consumers, Sued for Fraud & Misleading Clients

Sued for Fraud – Federal Debt Assistance Association, LLC and Financial Document Assistance Administration, Inc. “FDAA” The CFPB alleges that FDAA’s so-called “debt validation” programs violated the law by falsely promising to eliminate consumers’ debts and improve their credit scores in exchange for thousands of dollars in advance fees.

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October 15, 2017


STOP PAYDAY LOAN DEBT TRAPS – CFPB NEW RULE

Lenders Must Determine Upfront If Consumers Have the Ability to Repay Loans October 5, 2017 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has developed a new rule which has common-sense protections cover loans that require consumers to repay all or most of the debt at once, including payday loans, auto title loans, deposit advance products, and […]

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October 10, 2017


Anti-Puppy Mill Law Upheld

Article in Journal Sentinel, part of the USA Today Network Chicago’s Anti-Puppy Mill Law Upheld by Appellate Court September 26, 2017 In 2015, a new anti-puppy mill law took effect in Chicago that changed the landscape for pet stores. The law prohibits pet retailers from sourcing animals from anywhere except government run animal shelters, or […]

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September 26, 2017


Wells Fargo and Equifax to be Roasted by Senate

CEOs for Wells Fargo and Equifax to be roasted: According to an article published in the The Hill – October, 2017 the Senate Banking Committee is going to grill the CEOs of Equifax and Wells Fargo with regards to the “massive financial scandals that have dominated headlines and tarnished their names.”

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September 22, 2017


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 […]

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September 4, 2017


Do Student Loan Debts Die With You?

“This is What Happens to Student Loans When You Die”. The following is a summary of USA Today article. It is important that you know the type of student loan (federal or private), the guarantors of the student loan (parents, etc), and the law of the state where you live.  This article cannot walk you […]

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September 3, 2017


Wells Fargo Discloses More Fraudulent Accounts

Once again the New York Times reports on Wells Fargo’s fraudulent account scandal.  No, this is not the same one from 2016, this is a new one where the bank just “found” more than a million additional unauthorized accounts, raising the total to 3.5 million accounts. “Every time we get one of these announcements, the […]

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September 2, 2017


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 […]

August 30, 2017


Reverse Mortgage – good or bad idea?

CFPB REPORT WARNS THAT TAKING OUT A REVERSE MORTGAGE LOAN CAN BE AN EXPENSIVE WAY TO MAXIMIZE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS Reprint from The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) (8/24/2017)  CFPB issued a report warning older consumers about taking out a reverse mortgage loan in order to bridge the gap in income while delaying Social Security […]

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August 24, 2017


Tool to Help Navigate Student Loan Repayment Programs

CFPB – new report “Innovation Highlights: Emerging Student Loan Repayment Assistance Programs” Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “CFPB” released a new data finding that nearly half of student loan borrowers leave school owing at least $20,000 – double the number of borrowers a decade ago. The Bureau also found that more borrowers are taking out student […]

Student Loans

August 18, 2017


Wells Fargo Pays $108 Million for “Allegedly” Overcharged Veterans

Wells Fargo is on the front page AGAIN – this time for “allegedly” over charging military veterans for refinance loans. In an article published by Housingwire, author Ben Lane, Wells Fargo announced that it will pay $108 million to the federal government to settle allegations that the bank overcharged military veterans for refinance loans.

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August 15, 2017


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 […]

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August 14, 2017


Did Navient Illegally Over-charge Student Loan Borrowers?

From Bloomberg: Student Loan Giant Faces Trial over US Claim it Duped Borrowers. Lawsuits brought by  Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and state attorneys general of Washington and Illinois allege that Navient mistreated hundreds of thousands of student debtors by taking shortcuts to minimize its own costs, while adding what the CFPB said was as much as $4 […]

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August 8, 2017


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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August 6, 2017


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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July 21, 2017


Collection of Private Student Loans Tossed Out of Court

From the New York Times: “Tens of thousands of people who took out private student loans to pay for college but have not been able to keep up payments may get their debts wiped away because critical paperwork is missing, . The troubled loans, which total at least $5 billion, are at the center of […]

Student Loans

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July 18, 2017


12 Million Consumer Credit Scores Raised July 1, 2017

New policy governing credit reporting criteria. Photo by CafeCredit under CC 2.0 Starting July 1, 2017, the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, are starting a new policy that will raise about 12 million consumers’ credit scores as much as 10 points.  This could mean the difference in qualifying for a better […]

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July 13, 2017


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