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Our Savings System as a Couple

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Our Short and Long Term Goals I’ve mentioned before that having a financial game plan as a couple is a big part of reaching your goals. It can help you two develop ways to communicate effectively and focus your energies on what matters to you. Like many other couples, we have several goals that we’re looking at achieving together. Some ... Read More »

Reader Wants to Know More About Gordon and Associates Loan Modification Services

A reader wrote to me wanting to know more about a company in California called Gordon and Associates. They said, “I am surprised that you don’t have this company’s info or I couldn’t find it.” Attached to the email the reader sent in a copy of the recent BBB listing for Gordon and Associates. I just ran it again to ... Read More »

DIY Debt Settlement – How to Handle Lawsuits

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If you or someone you know is going through a difficult debt situation and want to do something about it there are many options available to consider but it’s no secret that debts can be settled directly with creditors and with the overwhelming amount of information online, consumers are educating themselves on how to negotiate settlements on their credit cards. ... Read More »

Divorce Debts Not Paid

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Q: If a spouse is granted by a divorce judge to receive so much a month for debts that were supposedly not theirs, and we don’t pay or are late on them, does the spouse that’s trying to collect fall under the Fair Debt Collections Act? – Mark A: Mark, Unfortunately, it probably doesn’t offer you the help you are ... Read More »

What Can You Tell Me About Pro Tax Relief in Alabama?

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A reader wanted to know more about a company in Alabama called Pro Tax Relief. I took a quick look at pro-taxrelief.com and here is what I found to share. What immediately struck me is the company says it is Professional Tax Relief, LLC, d/b/a Pro Tax Relief and located at P.O. Box 7164, Rainbow City, AL 35906 but a ... Read More »

Reader Sends in More on Deceptive U.S. Federal Stimulus Package Mailer

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I’ve previously written about a mailer going out that is making bold claims about debt reduction under the 2010 U.S. Federal Stimulus Package. You can see those posts here and here. This time a reader sent in the back and the front of the mailer. And if you thought the back of the mailer was deceptive and intended to fool ... Read More »

United Financial Systems and Christopher Boulahanis Reach Settlement With Florida AG

This is actually a picture of the UFS building that a reader sent in previously. The Florida Attorney General just made a big announcement concerning the non-profit credit counseling group United Financial Systems. This is a company that we first announced was likely to implode back in August of 2010. Unfortunately the economic impact caused by United Financial Systems will ... Read More »

Pennsylvania Reader Sends in New Form H-118 From New York

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The Form H-118 is very similar to the Form 1012-R mailings that have been sent to consumer all across the country. They are deceptive in that they attempt to portray themselves as official mailers or government forms. Mailers similar to this have been slammed in mass joinder legal actions in California and the subject of numerous warnings. A reader just ... Read More »

California Lawyer Disbarred Over Loan Modification Business

Another sad story of advanced fee loan modifications tearing down yet another group of people. From the California Bar Journal. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook PAUL JEFFREY LUCAS [#163076], 50, of Aliso Viejo was disbarred July 22, 2011, and he was ordered to make restitution and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. ... Read More »

If a Creditor Sues You For a Debt, Show Up or Risk an Arrest Warrant and Jail

It’s getting more attention these days, the concept that debtors prison is resurfacing. And while that’s not exactly true, you can’t be thrown into prison for debt. But there is more coverage about debtors that are being arrested and taken to jail. Mostly just for processing but some are sitting behind bars as they wait to be bailed out. The ... Read More »

Can I Move Abroad When on a Debt Relief Order DRO? – Liga

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“Dear Jon, Hi! My friend applied for DRO and it has been approved 2 months ago. He is without job now and been offered job abroad. Is there any restrictions about leaving a country? Couldn’t find nothing about it, just that he must inform Official Receiver about changing adress. Thank you! Is there any restrictions about leaving a country while ... Read More »

Debt Problems in Dubai UAE Get Better and Worse for Consumers

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I happen to have written quite a bit about debt problems in Dubai. It originally caught my eye because it’s one of the only places I am aware of where people have no access to bankruptcy and face actual extended jail time for unpaid bills. You can see the past Dubai and UAE stories here. The situation in Dubai is ... Read More »

Would You Like to See Easier to Read Credit Card Agreements?

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is soliciting feedback and comments from consumers about a news and simpler format for credit card agreement. That’s a terrific idea. Even more impressive is the public database they maintain with over 300 current agreements from banks all over the U.S. The CFPB is soliciting comments and you can post one online right here. ... Read More »

Better Business Bureau BBB Email Scam Alert

It appears someone is using the BBB to spoof emails to get people to go to various sites. The BBB says, “Better Business Bureau is issuing an urgent SCAM alert cautioning businesses and consumers about an email that looks like it is from BBB, with the subject line “Complaint from your customers.” This e-mail is fraudulent; ignore its contents and ... Read More »

Are You Hiding Money From Your Spouse?

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From time to time, I get feedback from Couple Money readers. It’s something that I enjoy and try to respond to. This weekend I received an email from M about a situation that he noticed at work. I thought it was an excellent question and I wanted to see what youthoughtabout it. Hiding Vacation Bonus Money at Work Here’s what ... Read More »

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