Debt settlement

06 May What Can You Do About a Judgment Lien from an Out-of-Business Creditor

What can you do about a judgment lien filed against you by a creditor or debt buyer that is now out of business? Law firms like Mann, Bracken that have closed down, filed bankruptcy themselves, or otherwise disappeared still appear as judgment creditors on thousands of credit reports.  In many cases, you may have legitimate grounds to challenge these judgments:
  • bad service
  • insufficient documentation
  • incorrect identity
In other cases you may be willing to offer money to settle the outstanding debt so that the judgment will be removed from your credit report.
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06 Mar Can Bankruptcy Rescue You from a Financial Scam?

investment fraudHas anyone ever offered you $500, $1,000, $2,000 or more for you to sign your name - no strings attached? Assuming you are not a celebrity working an autograph show, cash offers like this are not likely to happen. Yet I hear stories about these “too good to be true” offers at least once or twice a year from my bankruptcy clients. And when I see this type of situation, I know that my client likely has a real mess on his hands. One of these cases from several years ago sticks out in my mind. I’m going to change the facts to protect my client’s privacy but the principle will not change. My client, Jack, worked in the billing department for a county government, and he lived in a quiet, residential neighborhood. Jack had no pressing financial issues.
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10 Apr What to Do if You are Served with a Collection Lawsuit

respond to lawsuitCollection agencies will refer delinquent accounts to a law firm when they reach an impasse with you about the payment of a delinquent debt. Often times, collection agency owners are owned by or are associated with collection law firms, so from the collection agency’s perspective a lawsuit is just another step in the collection process. From your perspective, however, collection litigation should be taken much more seriously than dunning letters and collection phone calls. Litigation starts the clock running on a judicial process that can result in a judgment against you. In most jurisdictions a judgment means that every asset you own can be at risk. Liquid assets such as bank accounts and cash equivalent assets are at the most risk.
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