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Push to Amend FDCPA May Have Dangerous Consequences

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The Consumer Protection Financial Bureau has filed a brief in a Supreme Court case involving the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). If the Court rules in the Bureau’s favor, the case could be a huge blow to consumers, and a huge benefit to debt collection companies. In addition to the case, which deals… Read More »

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Do You Need an Attorney to Defend a Collections Lawsuit?

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So you are being sued on debt and you aren’t sure if it’s worth hiring an attorney or not. Surely an attorney will cost money, but will he or she cost more than what you could pay to resolve the debt? While there are no bright line answers as to when it’s worth hiring… Read More »

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Are You Liable for the Debts of Your Spouse or Future Spouse?

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One of the most frequent questions consumer lawyers get is the extent of liability that a spouse has for the debts that are incurred by the other. Sometimes spouses are worried about being responsible for debts incurred by the other spouse during the marriage, and other times people may ask whether they will become… Read More »

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Dealing with Creditors or Debt Collectors

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Do you get letters from creditors or debt collectors trying to collect old credit card, retail, or medical debts, and wonder “how long do these people have to collect this stuff?” The debts may seem so old you don’t remember even incurring them, and maybe you even thought the debts had disappeared or been… Read More »

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Mixed Credit Files Can Lead to Inaccurate Credit Reports

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There are many reasons why having good credit—or at least keeping your credit as positive as possible—is a good thing. It can be difficult enough keeping our credit healthy even in the best of circumstances. But when something shows up on our credit that isn’t ours, or that we don’t recognize, it can be… Read More »

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What Happens When the Bank Issues a 1099-C on Your Home Loan? Maybe Nothing.

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As you may know, a judgment of foreclosure doesn’t just mean that your property can be taken from you. It also can mean a potential money judgment down the road, if you owe more than what the property is worth when its foreclosed on. The Effect of a 1099-C Many borrowers receive what they… Read More »

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Debt Buyers Often Have No Idea Whether Debts are Actually Accurate

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Would you pay millions of dollars for something without knowing what it is and without getting any warranties that what you’re purchasing is what you’re getting? Probably not – unless you’re a debt buyer, which does just this, often to the detriment of consumers. How Debts are Purchased As you may know, debt buyers… Read More »

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Payday Lenders Cut Slack While Charging More Interest Than the Mob

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Recently, the New York Attorney General’s Office announced indictments of nearly a dozen individuals tied to an alleged organized crime family for engaging in broad scale illegal loansharking. The long-term investigation reportedly uncovered “the largest” loan sharking operation ever investigated by the agency, with defendants allegedly saddling victims (lured in by an illegal gambling… Read More »

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ACLU: Courts are Arresting, Jailing Consumers at Behest of Private Debt Collectors

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America’s criminal justice system is being used to enforce private debts. That’s according to a new in-depth investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) into the extent and impact of courts cooperating with the private debt collection industry in the U.S. In “The Criminalization of Private Debt,” the ACLU reports that courts in… Read More »

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Miami Debt Defense Attorneys: War on Regulation Only Hurts Consumers

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While Americans are “drowning in debt,” the White House is waging a war on regulation that is ultimately going to push even more consumers into greater debt and higher rates of poverty. Although these plans are touted as part of a pro-business agenda intended to spur economic growth, our Miami debt defense attorneys recognize… Read More »

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