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The attorney general of Georgia recently reached a settlement with the debt collection firm of Williamson & McKevie, LLC. The $8.8 million settlement resolved charges against the debt collector which violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act. Charges Against the Debt Collector The debt collector was charged with numerous violations of the law.
Through my consultations over the years with individuals and families who are struggling with debt, I’ve come to learn about a formidable foe to those individuals and families. That foe is procrastination. I get it. You are overwhelmed with money and financial problems. You may be facing a downsize at work, unemployment, divorce, or an unexpected illness.
Three days ago, Yahoo News reported on Americans’ love of their plastic. According to the story, the Federal Reserve reported that consumer credit card balances jumped 13% in November of last year. That means that Americans’ credit card debt now exceeds $1 trillion. How much is that? Well, let’s say you had $1 trillion in cash money in your basement (lucky you! Right?).
With everything we all must worry about these days, it’s easy to avoid thinking about what is on your credit report. You may even wonder if you need to worry about it even if you aren’t in the market to borrow money for a car or a home. The answer is yes, you do. Aside from preventing you from obtaining a loan for a big-ticket item, credit report errors can cost you a job or ca ...
According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), individuals and companies are piling on debt at levels last seen just prior to the financial crisis a few years back. The IMF reports that borrowing in the “non-financial sector” has surpassed the pre-crisis high. The “non-financial sector” is composed of governments, non-financial companies, and households.
Many times, clients come to my office because they are getting piles of letters and constant phone calls from debt collectors. The stress caused by the constant barrage of letters and phone calls can be severe. It is not unusual for some of these people to break down in tears in my office. In many instances, a smart choice to deal with this situation involves the filing of a ba ...
Like nearly everybody else, you’ve had a mobile phone for some time now and, for the most part, you love it. You can call, text, tweet, email and otherwise communicate with all the important people in your world. You can get a table at your favorite restaurant, book your next flight to paradise, watch a movie, listen to your favorite tunes, or navigate your way around an unfami ...
Our friend and partner, Brad Botes, has been named a Best Lawyer in America. Read about it here . We all know Brad as a man of prodigious talent and his repertoire is extensive; however, tooting his own horn apparently exceeds that talent and repertoire. Therefore, let me offer my humble assistance.
Recently, my colleague, Mr. Grant McNutt, posted an excellent article discussing bankruptcy exemptions in Alabama. As he noted in his article, a bankruptcy exemption is the value of certain property owned by a debtor in bankruptcy which property cannot be touched by creditors or a bankruptcy trustee.
Often, I consult with prospective and existing clients who are involved in a lawsuit. Normally, their first question is exactly how a bankruptcy case affects a lawsuit. The answer to that question depends on several factors. First, it must be determined if the debtor (the person filing for or contemplating filing for bankruptcy) is the plaintiff, i.e.
Last week, the Jackson Free Press in Jackson, Mississippi reported that Mississippi payday lender, All American Check Cashing, Inc., is in trouble again. This time, it’s with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB alleges that All American has engaged in a range of improper practices including hiding check cashing fee schedules, misleading people into taking ...
The Bangor (Maine) Daily News recently reported that F. Lee Bailey has filed for bankruptcy in Maine. According to the news story, Mr. Bailey sought bankruptcy relief to resolve an outstanding federal tax debt from a dispute that ended his legal career. Reportedly, Mr. Bailey is a resident of the State of Maine, having moved there in 2010 and that is why he filed his case in that state. Mr.
In late June, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint in federal court in North Carolina against a debt collection company in that state. Allegedly, the debt collection company took money from consumers for fake (so called “phantom”) debts. In other words, for debts that the consumers did not actually owe. According to the FTC, here’s how this scam worked.
CNN Money recently reported on the continuing challenges facing retail stores. According to the article, more than 300 retailers have filed for bankruptcy this year. This represents a 31% increase over last year. And while many of these bankruptcy filings are small local retailers, there are some big names on the list.
The Great Recession of a few years back might be fading in the memories of some; however, in nine states across the United States, the job markets have not fully recovered according to a recent AP report. According to the report, the job numbers and overall size of the economy are still below 2008 levels in the nine states.
On April 25th, U. S. Bank National Association (“Bank”) was fined the sum of $15 million by the Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) for violations of the federal bankruptcy laws. This fine must be paid into the United States Treasury. The Bank agreed to pay the fine but did not admit to any wrongdoing.
According to a recent story in the New York Post, half of the working families in the United States are living pay check to pay check. Living this way may work for a while or even a long time; however, the problem it presents is the inability to effectively cope with an unexpected crisis. 50% of People Unprepared for a Financial Crisis According to the news article, fifty perce ...
Normally, I blog about current events or about how we can help consumers can get real relief from financial pressures under the law. In today’s post, I digress to recognize one of our own. Recently, we celebrated the twenty year anniversary of our friend and trusted employee, Leann Wilkinson. Where has the time gone? Her official title is Office Manager.
The Miami Herald recently reported on an interesting story from the State of Nebraska. The story illustrates that even government entities such as counties and cities can find themselves in deep financial trouble. Indeed, Jefferson County, Alabama and Detroit, Michigan are recent examples of this phenomenon.
If you are old enough to have been watching TV in the early 70s, you probably remember watching The Partridge Family. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, there’s always YouTube. The show featured actor and singer David Cassidy as teenage musician and lead family band member Keith Partridge. The series was quite popular during its four year run.