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Debt Settlements May Be Voided And the Money Due Anyway

A recent posting, “An IRS 1099-C Form Does Not Mean Debt is Discharged” caught my eye. It highlights a great potential risk for people that use debt settlement to eliminate their debt. The surprise is that while they think the debt settlement process has discharged their debt, it absolutely might not. A third circuit bankruptcy case recently decided that Form ... Read More »

    Now You Know the Debt Settlement Industry is in Trouble When Alaska Cracks Down

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    Alaska, otherwise known as the last of the rough and tumble frontiers in America, is often the last bastion of lawlessness. Have you watched the Alaska State Trooper television show? A story by KYUU in Alaska made me chuckle. Apparently Alaska is outraged by the actions of debt settlement companies that are charging up-front fees. Alaska’s attorney general has joined ... Read More »

      We Signed Up With a Debt Settlement Company. They Take Our Money But We Can’t Reach Them. – Karin

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      “Dear Steve, We have signed up with Allego law in Huntington, NY. 12/15/08. With the exception of talking to them when signing up we have not had any correspondence wtih them. We have tried writting the via mail, sometimes our emails are getting kicked back, creditors still call, the sherriff still shows up. Allegro told us as long as we ... Read More »

        85% of Debt Settlement Companies May Be Closing Soon and Taking Your Money With Them

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        There is no doubt that the workshops and hearings by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are going to result in changes that will significantly impact the debt settlement industry. The FTC has been carefully looking into the industry and is disgusted with the actions of many companies. These would be the companies that charge large up-front fees to consumers, collect ... Read More »

          Florida Attorney General Wants Debt Settlement Companies to Put Up Before You Pay Up

          Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that he has co-sponsored a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), asking it to amend a federal rule that would require debt relief service companies to provide services before collecting any fees. The letter was also sponsored by the Attorneys General of Illinois, Maryland, and Washington. Debt relief is an umbrella term ... Read More »

            Credit Solutions of America and American Debt Arbitration, Debt Settlement Companies, Are Sued by State of Florida

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            Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced his office has filed two lawsuits on behalf of Florida consumers against five debt settlement-related companies. According to the Attorney General’s lawsuits, the businesses promised consumers they could pay off their debts for a fraction of the amount owed, but instead collected large up-front fees and left customers with little or no money ... Read More »

              A Review of the Everest Debt Solutions Debt Settlement Client Agreement

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              Recently I wrote about a debt settlement company called Everest Debt Solutions here and here. I managed to get my hands on one of their client agreements so I wanted to review it for you to help you understand what it all means to the best of my ability. I think you’ll find some eyeopening sections in my comments below ... Read More »

                The Curse of the Hess Kennedy Debt Settlement Firm Lives On

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                In a twisted matter of irony the law firm that was acting as a receiver for the Hess Kennedy debt settlement company that was closed down in Florida, has been closed down. Law.com reported that Lewis B. Freeman & Partners went to court in Florida on Friday and put the firm out of business. This seems to have stemmed from ... Read More »

                  New York Attorney General Wins $200,000 Penalty Against Debt Settlement Company

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                  Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that his office has won a lawsuit against a national debt settlement company, barring the company from doing business in New York state unless it posts a $500,000 performance bond to protect consumers. The decision also levies nearly $200,000 in penalties against the company for defrauding thousands of New Yorkers who looked to ... Read More »

                    Fewer Than Ten Percent Get Out of Debt With Credit Counseling or Debt Settlement Companies

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                    I previously wrote an article The Truth About The Failure Rates and Completion Rates of Credit Counseling, Debt Settlement, and Bankruptcy. Some people scoffed at my findings and said they could not possibly be true, but they are. Fewer than 10 percent of consumers completed their agreements with Colorado debt-settlement and credit-counseling companies, by either paying off or settling all ... Read More »

                      Global Client Solutions & Rocky Mountain Bank & Trust, Good People Tangled in Some Bad Debt Settlement Business

                      First, let me say that in my life in the credit counseling and debt management world I have had an opportunity to interact with the folks at Global Client Solutions (GCS) and Rocky Mountain Bank & Trust. I always found them to be professional and competent at what they do, manage client accounts. The Global Client Solutions mission, as stated ... Read More »

                        Everest Debt Solutions and FDN Solutions. These Debt Settlement Companies Are Really Starting to Piss Me Off Now.

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                        Previously I wrote a post “What Do You Think of Everest Debt Solutions? – Margo“. In that post, a reader sent in a question about a company I had never heard of before, Everest Debt Solutions, a debt settlement company. If you look at the comments section of that question you will see that someone that claims to be from ... Read More »

                          New Regulations to Restrict Debt Settlement Forms Becomes Law, Now.

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                          Last year Attorney General Blumenthal in Connecticut fought to get new laws in place to protect consumers from debt settlement and debt negotiators that charge consumers and up-front fee to settle debts. The law has the following provisions: Obtain a Connecticut debt negotiators license and file a surety bond Not refer to state licensing or bonding as an endorsement Disclose ... Read More »

                            What Do You Think About Us Selling Our House And Paying Off Part of Our Credit Cards? – Susan

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                            “Dear Steve, My husband is 51 and I am 59. My goal is to retire at 62. We have a 1st & 2nd Morgage. Also, over 100,000 in credit card debt. We are living week to week to make all payments. We have an offer on our house. The offer would pay off the mortgages and about $45,000 of our ... Read More »

                              I Settled My Debt But Bank of America Says I Still Owe It, In Full. – Chauntel

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                              Chauntel “Dear Steve, Hi, I had a BOA credit card that I couldn’t continue to may payment to for months, so it went into default and then collections with ICSYSTEM. After a couple of months I was abled to start making payments back so I called BOA and was told my account was indeed sold to ICSYSTEM. ICSYSTEM rep told ... Read More »

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