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Freedom Debt Relief Fraud

Freedom Debt Relief Sued for Violating Federal Law

By Mark Huffman, Reprint from Consumer Affairs (11/9/17)  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) alleges the company charges consumers without settling their debts, requires them to negotiate their own settlements, provides misleading information about fees and services and does not inform consumers of their right to money they deposit.


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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.

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April 13, 2019


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Lose Your Tax refunds in Arizona

By Russ Wiles, Arizona Republic, 2/25/19 (reprint) For many Americans, income tax refunds are the largest single chunk of money they receive all year. Imagine losing most or all of it to a debt collector or in a bankruptcy proceeding.


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Arizona Trustee Sales, Foreclosures and Short Sales

WARNING TO THE WISE: Never do a short sale, deed in lieu of foreclosure, allow a trustee’s sale, or a foreclosure to go forward without first obtaining both legal and tax advice. You cannot undo serious mistakes once the process is completed.

March 16, 2019


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25 Bankruptcy Questions

March 7, 2019


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Mortgages for First Time Military Home Buyers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report focusing on mortgages made to first-time homebuyers who are serving in the armed forces or are veterans. The Bureau’s report is the first time researchers have been able to provide a description and analysis of servicemembers’ mortgage choices and mortgage performance, both during and after the […]

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March 5, 2019


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Is Your Attorney Lazy or Willing To Fight For You?

The insurance company’s first offer is based on the hope you will take the quick money and run. Lawyers who don’t care about their clients’ best interests can make a lot more money settling cheap and moving on to the next case, and the next, and so forth.  



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Why Did the Creditor Take My Tax Refund – Arizona Law

(WARNING: The following is Arizona specific) Most people do not understand that if a creditor sues and obtains a judgment they can take your tax refunds and money in a bank account, to name just a few items.   I know this does not sound fair – especially when the creditor is taking your child care […]


“The Dog Ate My Computer” Argument by Chapter 13 Debtor

In re Hindra v. Dockery, US Trustee & Deutsche Bank, BAP No. CC-18-1132-KuTaF (9th Circuit, Jan 29, 2019) In 2016  Etta Hindra filed a chapter 13 bankruptcy and everything went downhill from there.  She did not file the proper documents, meet deadlines or pay the amounts necessary in order to cure the arrears owed to her […]


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,

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February 20, 2019


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Do I Have to Pay Taxes if I File Bankruptcy?

What is forgiveness of debt income? When you owe money and do not pay the full amount of the debt the lender is required to file a 1099 form with the IRS showing that you had phantom income in the amount the creditor forgave.  This is referred to as ‘forgiveness of debt’.

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February 17, 2019


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.


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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.


Assets in Bankruptcy

January 29, 2019


Wells Fargo Rips Off Students

Washington, DC – re-posted from Senator Warren’s office (1/17/19) – A report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) prepared in February of 2018, but only recently released through a Freedom of Information Act request (Trump trying to slow down consumer access to information), reveals that the fees charged to college students by Wells Fargo for debit […]



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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 […]


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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.


Document Preparers or Paralegals Ripping Off Consumers

November 2018: The Arizona Supreme Court established a committee to review the current process authorizing documents preparers to do certain work normally done by attorneys.  Administrative Order 2018-111 The following is part of a discussion by fellow attorneys who describe some very expensive mistakes created by document preparers or paralegals (the Arizona Supreme Court does […]


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