Category Archives: Ask The Get Out of Debt Experts
- Army Soldier Wants to Fix His Credit After a Messy Divorce
“Dear Steve, 26yr old Army soldier trying to fix credit after a messy divorce a few years back. I was deployed, she decided to leave, and stopped paying on just about everything that was in my name without my knowledge. Upon my return, I joined “freecreditreport.com” to continuously monitor my credit and my debts, and [...]
- Home Owners Advocacy Group – Contract Review
A reader sent in a contract with Home Owners Advocacy Group they had recently signed for some sort of mortgage assistance of foreclosure avoidance. I am now a lawyer. What follows is my opinion of different sections of the agreement in an effort to help readers better understand what to look for and what it [...]
- Why is My Ex-Husband Not Responsible for This 1099-C From the Repossession?
“Dear Steve, Divorced single mom of three. The IRS held my last years refund of $9000.00. I finally asked them why and they said I failed to file a 1099-C from a 2006 repossesion and the vehicle was awarded to my ex in the divorce. The amount on the 1099-c is 10,300.00. I can’t afford [...]
- We Have Some Items On Our Credit Report We Want Removed – Lisha
“Dear Steve, We started to have troubles making payments. Did Bankruptcy. Trouble again and we re-fied our house not once or twice about 4! Took a 2nd out… Around and around sprial…. husband lost his job. Lost house. Moved out of state and did Bankruptcy AGAIN! It was bad decision after bad. And it was [...]
- Are All Student Loan Assistance Companies a Scam?
“Dear Steve, I am a bankruptcy attorney and looking to provide services to those with student loan problems, as well. You appear to believe most or all companies that help you with student loan issues are scams. Do you think there is any student loan service that can be provided to the public that is [...]
- Asset Rich But Cash Poor. Want to Settle My Debt and Pay for Delete
“Dear Steve, I have a different problem than a lot of your readers. I have lots of assets, but my income is very limited. I have property worth about a million dollars, but because it is more than 5 acres with a manufactured home no one will loan against it. In about 2 years will [...]
- Ocwen Condo Foreclosure in Limbo Leaves Me Worried About HOA Fees and Mortgage Modification – Frank
“Dear Steve, Condo in foreclosure since May 2011, mortgage previously with GMAC, now taken over by Ocwen. Retired in January and wrongfully assumed I could just start making payments on the mortgage. Halt, you must go through a modification with Ocwen to stop the foreclosure. Agreed and sent all paperwork and info they requested. Ocwen [...]
- My Debt to Income is Very High and Nobody Will Give Me a Loan – Lisa
“Dear Steve, I am living on social security and savings, which are quickly becoming very scant. As my roof leaked over my head as I was sleeping, realized I needed to do something about this and thus began my quagmire (good word!) of a problem. Paid $8000. from five 0% promotional credit cards, carefully figuring [...]
- What Happened to ABC Legal and Did They Take My Money?
“Dear Steve, What can be done with THE ABC LEGAL GROUP? The Wesbsite is down… Am I screwed…I am a widow with 3 children.. MY husband passed away back in 2009. I have done some research… and found the following information NEW OWNER FOR ESQUIRE LITIGATION…. I have spoken to a woman named Shirley. She [...]
- The Bankruptcy Trustee and Attorney Screwed Up My Bankruptcy. – Teresa
“Dear Steve, Our bankruptcy has came to an end but in going over the details, I found MANY unethical things. 1 – it seems my attorney and the trustee were in each others pockets. 2 – the credit union put a $65 a month insurance on the vehicle that was through them but I have [...]
- How Do I Deal With My Dubai Apartment Debt From the UK? – Gary
“Dear Steve, I am hoping if you could kindly spare a few minutes to clarify something for me? I live in the UK and in 2005 I decided to purchase an off-plan property in Dubai. I initially contacted an agent in the UK regarding the property and then I entered an agreement with a building [...]
- My Credit Union Won’t Give Me My Car Title Because I Have a Credit Card Balance
“Dear Steve, Worked for this credit union who in the past had federal investigators in when there were bogus loans. Worked there for 15 yrs. I paid my car loan off with my credit union but they won’t give me the title. I owe on a visa account there and they are pulling the cross [...]
- Is My Plan to Deal With My United Recovery Debt a Good One?
“Dear Steve, 1. 1993 – I get a credit card, my first and only (Cap One). 2. It’s fine for several years. 3. 2003 – Divorce, followed by scary major illness; unable to work. Disaster. Balance creeping up. 4. More disaster. Long irrelevant story. I use the cc to pay the rent. Keeping the roof [...]
- How Can I Get Out of This Judgment and Wage Garnishment?
“Dear Steve, In 2008, at the age of 18, I moved out of home, into an apartment with a roommate. The rent was high ($1300/mo), and about 4-5 months into the lease, my roommate’s work started to decline. One morning, she up and moved out, and with management (which has since changed, and the rates [...]
- I Co-Signed for a Private Student Loan and It’s Killing Me
“Dear Steve, I co-signed a private student loan that is now in collections and ruining my DTI. I found your petition for the Fairness for Struggling Students Act on change.org. Have you had any contact with Senator Coons or anyone else on the senate judiciary committee regarding this? I am a DE resident and trying [...]