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My Father Passed Away. My Mother Was Only an Authorized User. – JB

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“Dear Steve, Recent widow as authorized user and credit card debt. My father passed away a couple weeks ago and I have been trying to help my mom with her finances. As I’m sure you know, she lost a SS check so now she is trying to work through her budget. My father and she had two credit cards which ... 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 »

Did My Dad’s Debt Die With Him? – Graeme

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“Dear Steve, My father died but has outstanding credit card debt to the value of $33,000 in his sole name. He had some land but upon his death it was tranfered soley to my step mothers name. She doesn’t have any money to pay the credit card debts. Can the banks make my step mother sell the land to pay ... Read More »

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