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Father Struggles to Pay Dead Son’s Student Loans

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by Marian Wang, ProPublica, A few months after he buried his son, Francisco Reynoso began getting notices in the mail. Then the debt collectors came calling. “They would say, ‘We don’t care what happened with your son, you have to pay us,’” recalled Reynoso, a gardener from Palmdale, Calif. Reynoso’s son, Freddy, had been the pride of his family and ... Read More »

Do You Have a Will? If Not, It’s Time For You to Write Your Will.

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It’s a subject that none of us want to think about. Whether we’re young and just starting life or older and approaching the end, we don’t want to think about our own death. And, adding money to the mix only makes it worse. But, the truth is that all adults need to think about what will happen to their financial ... Read More »

Can you advise my mom on what to do as a recent widow left with credit card debt? – Tonya

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My Mom is a recent widow (dec.2-2011) and didn’t know the extent of credit card debt that my Dad had aquired. Two of the cards were in her name.. the approximate debt is 28,000.00 high interest and No insurance. Income tax has not been filed in 2the yrs either.. help! She has been responsible and paid her cards off in ... Read More »

How to Handle Collection Calls For A Deceased Person’s Debt

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By Mary Reed and Gerri Detweiler, coauthors of Debt Collection Answers: How to Use Debt Collection Laws to Protect Your Rights Are you being contacted about a deceased person’s debt? The last thing you need when you are mourning the death of a loved one are calls from debt collectors demanding that you pay his or her past due debts. ... Read More »

Advocates Pushing Back on FTC Proposal Over Debt Collection from Dead People

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting some consumer advocates are a bit flummoxed over a recent proposal by the FTC regarding diminished legal liability for debt collectors that chase people to pay the debt of dead people. “The plain language of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act does not allow collectors to contact friends, neighbors or relatives except to obtain ... Read More »

Widow or Widower: How to Handle the Bills After the Death of a Loved One

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You’ll go through a tremendous amount of emotional and financial stress after losing a spouse. Trying to take charge of all the household responsibilities while making important decisions about your future can seem overwhelming. This publication is designed to help you take control of one small, but very important, part of your financial life: the bills. As soon as possible ... Read More »

Mother-Daughter Team Pretend to be from Credit Card Company and Call Widowers for Money Owed by Deceased Spouse

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A mother and daughter team out of Niles Michigan, 44-year-old Bettye Turnbo of Niles and her daughter, 27-year-old Christina Turnbo were arrested after they had been using the obituaries to call the surviving spouses of dead seniors and telling them the dead spouse owed money and they had to pay up. The Turnbo’s allegedly then asked for a blank check ... Read More »

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