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First Stone Credit Counseling Files Suit Against IRS to Retain Tax Status

A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me notice that First Stone Credit Counseling, a Texas non-profit company, filed suit against the Internal Revenue Service on November 18, 2011 in an effort to fight the revocation of their tax status. According to the suit, First Stone Credit Counseling has already received a notice of revocation of their tax status ... Read More »

Credit Card Debt Consolidation Paying People to Join Debt Management and Debt Settlement

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A reader sent me in a questions about a recent press release put out by Credit Card Debt Consolidation. The reader said “Don’t the UDMSA regulations and a number of states prohibit incentives and rebates for debt relief programs?” I’ll let the debt relief industry readers answer that one. I did notice their home page has the BBB logo on ... Read More »

Everest Debt Solutions / FDN Solutions – Nailed by Wisconsin

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The State of Wisconsin is reporting a recent action against Everest Debt Solutions and FDN Solutions. I must disclose that Everest Debt Solutions has a unique place in my experience in reporting on the debt relief industry. Without a doubt, Everest Debt Solutions is in the top three of the strangest thread of responses a company has made in response ... Read More »

Loan Compliance Advisory Group Says Someone is Pretending to be Them

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I received the following statement from Joseph Bisogno at Loan Compliance Advisory Group and received his permission to publish it. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Steve My group is not a debt relief type company, however several of my clients that are Victims of Discriminatory, Deceptive, Predatory Lending and Unfair Deceptive Acts and Practices on residential ... Read More »

Metropolitan Financial Management Corporation, dba Auriton Solutions, Loses 501(c)3

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I just received an automatic alert about recent IRS 501(c)3 revocations. According to the IRS, Metropolitan Financial Management Corporation which was doing business as Auriton Solutions had their charitable 501(c)3 tax status revoked in October 2011. – Source Their last public tax return listed Tiffany Worley as president through 7-2010 and then replaced with Bill Shell as interim CEO. Something ... Read More »

A Paper Worth Reading: Robo-Signing and Lack of Proof in Debt Buyer Cases

Here is a great research paper worth reading. It certainly helps to focus the robo-signing issues we’ve all heard about with mortgages to a problem that debt relief providers will need to deal with. For a while we’ve talked about the issue of a debt relief provider that either sets up a payment plan or assists a consumer to settle ... Read More »

Credit Card Volume Shows Some Life

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There is an excellent post by Harry Terris from Collections and Credit Risk about recent consumer spending trends you should read. Now, growth rates in credit card purchases, at 8.8% from the previous year in the third quarter, and durables spending, at 5.6%, have leapfrogged overall consumption growth. Cardholders have managed this without additional borrowing. The contraction in total credit ... Read More »

Missouri Cracks Down on Selling Financial Services Over the Telephone

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Here are two recent releases out of Missouri that show they are concentrating on financial and debt relief calls to Missouri residents. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook November 16, 2011 Attorney General Koster obtains restraining order against Florida telemarketer Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today his office has obtained a temporary restraining ... Read More »

Do Creditors Have The Right To Ignore A Power Of Attorney (POA)?

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This guest post is from Michael Reilly from Emerge America. His post certainly does raise issues about the lack of uniformity of the Power of Attorney. I believe the answer to that question is no! Perhaps creditors should familiarize themselves with “THE UNIFORM POWER OF ATTORNEY ACT.” As many Debt Settlement Service Providers (DSSP’s) can attest, creditors seem to think ... Read More »

Why Are You Against Debt Settlement? – Nick

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“Dear Steve, Why do you insinuate to people that they live in fear and always be cautious to people contacting them to provide them a service. Where are your statistics on the advise you give. Debt settlement is real and constantly I see people putting there trust into you to make there decisions for them and I have never seen ... Read More »

Affiliate Relationship Melts Down. Strategic Debt Solutions Sues Saltzman, CLSA and Ira Frazer

Soon we’ll need to start a new category, “When Affiliate Relationships Go Bad.” They seem to be coming a bit faster these days. A reader send me in information about a suit that was filed at the end of October but was just removed to Federal Court. The case is Strategic Debt Solutions v. Saltzman Law Group, Martin Saltzman, Consumer ... Read More »

Legal Helpers Debt Resolution and JEM Group Named in Ohio Suit

A suit filed in Ohio has just been recently remove to Federal Court. The suit is Theodore Mangosh and Linda Mangosh v. Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, Thomas Macey, Jeffrey Aleman, Jeffrey Hyslip, Jason Searns, JEM Group, Joanne Garneau, and Arthur Garneau. The suit states, “Among the most recent conspiracies, this action arises for a coordinated scheme devised by Defendants with ... Read More »

Florida Proposes Changes to Private Attorney Referral Service Rules

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A new bill in Florida would force some changes on the attorney referral services that are popping up. The bill applies to both legal and medical services. Private lawyer and legal medical referral services would have to disclose financial ties to clinics and law firms to which they refer callers. The bill states: • A lawyer and medical referral service ... Read More »

Attorney Evan Kagan Sued for Commissions Owed by Non-Attorney

I don’t go out hunting for these things. They just arrive in my inbox. Today comes this interesting suit involving attorney Evan Kagan in Florida. You can see past articles involving Evan Kagan here. This case is Automated Financial Transaction v. Evan Kagan, individually, and Law Offices of Evan S. Kagan, Consumer Legal Group. The case was filed on October ... Read More »

Ohio Says No to Debt Settlement by Out of State Lawyers

The Supreme Court of Ohio issued a recent ruling the forbids out of state lawyers from providing debt settlement services to Ohio residents. An out-of-state lawyer is not authorized to provide debt settlement legal services, including investigation, negotiation, and other nonlitigation activities, on a temporary basis in Ohio under Prof. Cond. Rule 5.5(c)(4) when the matter is not connected to ... Read More »

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