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Buyers of Condominiums Should be Aware of Past Unpaid Assessments

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Imagine that you buy a condominium which is subject to regular association dues on a periodic basis. You know about the dues, can pay them, and you do pay them. However, you get a notice from the association that you owe unpaid dues that were not paid by the person who owned the condominium… Read More »

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Florida’s Head of Household Exemption

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So you have had a collection judgment entered against you—or any type of judgment where you are now obligated to pay money to someone else. However, the amount in the judgement is way more than what you can afford to pay. Do you have rights that would avoid the judgment holder or the court… Read More »

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Government May Crack Down on False Collection Affidavits

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Our justice system relies on telling the truth. When a witness is in court, and swears to tell the truth under oath under penalty of perjury, we assume that witnesses, most of the time, is telling the truth. But often a witness will swear to tell the truth on paper—that is, without being physically… Read More »

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Should You Consolidate Your Student Loans?

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Consolidation: you may get ads about it, or it may be mentioned when you are talking to a student loan servicer. Consolidation of student loans is often sold as a cure-all to your student loan problems. Although consolidation does have some benefits, before consolidating, it’s best to understand how the process works. What is… Read More »

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Overdraft Fee Disclosure Laws Coming Under Fire by the CFPB

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Once again it seems that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is about to take steps to make life more difficult for consumers, and easier for big banks—the opposite of the reasons that the entire reason why the CFPB was founded. This time, the CFPB is looking to make it easier for banks to… Read More »

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The Risks of Allowing a Judgment to Be Entered Against You

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In many cases, when someone owes a debt that they know they cannot pay, they will voluntarily opt not to defend a collections lawsuit that is filed against them to collect the debt. Often, the consumer figures that he or she has nothing anyway, so what’s the harm in allowing a judgment to be… Read More »

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Court Allows Bank to Mislead Hurricane Irma Victim in Foreclosure

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During the financial crisis, there was no shortage of horror stories about banks conducting all kinds of illegal foreclosures against homeowners. Some stories were truly appalling, such as foreclosing on the wrong people or the wrong addresses, or foreclosing on people who hadn’t even missed a payment. A recent story about an ongoing case… Read More »

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Understand the Life Cycle of Your Debt

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When you owe money, it seems like the collection calls and letters are never ending. They often come from different companies at different times, all seemingly trying to collect the same debt. That’s because as your debt ages, it gets passed on from one collector to another. Each collector has different motivations and will… Read More »

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Shady Practices by Banks Still Happen in Foreclosure Trials

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Much was made in the media about banks’ habits of forging documents, using fake stamps, and altering dates in order to prove that they owned the loans that they were trying to foreclose on during the housing crisis. But very little attention has been given to the banks’ other ways of deceiving the courts… Read More »

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Banks Must Follow Foreclosure Requirements in FHA Loans

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In many contracts there are what are known as conditions precedent to fulfilling obligations under the contract. These requirements must be fulfilled before a lawsuit for breach of the contract can be brought. A case that went under the radar a few months back is worth examining, as it shows another defense that homeowners… Read More »

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