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Monthly Archives: December 2019

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More Protections Announced for Spouses Who Have Reverse Mortgages

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For spouses of borrowers who pass away, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has some relief, in the form of a new announcement with new guidelines that can cake it easier for you to keep your home. The changes apply mostly to reverse mortgages. What is a Reverse Mortgage A reverse mortgage is a mortgage… Read More »

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Government Gets New Powers to Fight Robocalls

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The government is getting new powers to severely punish companies that abuse consumer telephones. Just this month, Congress passed a new law that will allow the Federal Communications Commission to fine robocallers up to $10,000 per call. The new law also requires that phone companies use new technologies to identify robocalls, and inform consumers… Read More »

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Mistakes Companies Make When Filing Credit Card Lawsuits

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It is impossible to tell when and if you will be sued on a credit card debt. Some companies sue regularly, while some will not. Some will threaten lawsuits every day and never file anything, while some will rarely threaten, but will race to the courthouse to file lawsuits. Having a lawsuit filed against… Read More »

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Why Not Make Student Loans Dischargeable in Bankruptcy?

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Aside from the fact that student loans are exorbitantly high, and carry abusive but legal interest rates and penalties for nonpayment, there is one other reason why student loans are so burdensome, onerous and crippling: it is nearly impossible to discharge them in bankruptcy, the way almost every other type of debt can be… Read More »

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Proposed Changes to FDCPA Would Help But May Not Become Law

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Congress is currently considering a number of proposals to amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the federal law that allows consumers to sue debt collectors that engage in abusive, harassing or unfair practices in the collection of debt. None of the proposals are law yet, and as anybody who knows how a… Read More »

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Dealing With Marital ID Theft

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Anytime you are a victim of identity theft, the results can be devastating on your credit. Even if you ultimately end up not owing any money, and even if you do get the items removed from your credit, there is still the time and effort to challenge improper credit items, along with the frustration… Read More »

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Portfolio Recovery Sued For Illegal Collection Practices

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Debt collector Portfolio Recovery Associates is in trouble with the State of Massachusetts for illegal and deceptive debt collection practices. Although this is a win for consumers, there is a question of how many other debt collectors are still engaging in these kinds of practices. Illegal Collection Practices According to one report, Portfolio went… Read More »

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Association Dues Get Protection Under Debt Collection Laws

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When a debt collector tries to collect a debt, and does so in violation of existing debt collection laws, a consumer can sue for damages. But what is a debt? Is all debt protected by the law? A recent case explored whether debts that are owed to homeowners’ associations or condominium associations qualify for… Read More »

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