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What Debt Relief Companies Get Horribly Wrong When Helping Seniors

Almost half of seniors have incomes within 200% of the poverty line. They are classified as economically vulnerable and retire owing more debt than ever before. It is natural then that seniors with financial problems would search for someone to help them. Before the internet, communities had a local Consumer Credit Counseling Agency that would …

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The Lovable Credit Unions Have Some Hidden Devil

Credit Unions have a very loyal customer base. They are not-for-profit and owned by their members. As a result, they often offer lower interest rates. But there are some important differences between credit unions and banks regarding lending money. The Horrible Cross Collateralization Agreement Credit unions incorporate a “cross-collateralization agreement” in all loans except mortgages. …

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Why Seniors Shouldn’t Worry About Old Debt

Why Seniors Shouldn’t Worry About Old Debt

Most seniors don’t know that federal and state laws protect their Social Security, almost all pensions, 401k, IRA, disability, and VA benefits from debt collectors. Those forms of income can’t be garnished or taken from them. This money is available for their needs, like food, medicine, and housing. If they are sued, there are laws …

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You Can Make the IRS Stop All Collections if You Do This

Persons with lower income who owe income taxes can often qualify for “Currently Not Collectible” (CNC) status and not be required to pay their past due IRS taxes. Therefore, it is not that difficult to obtain CNC status if you are in the lower-income bracket. Income Requirements You can qualify if your income is within …

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When Bad Debt Advice Hides Behind Good Advice

I just saw a Houston Texas TV story about Suzanne Black, an elderly 70 years old woman involved with a nonprofit debt management company, Money Management International. She paid $63,000 over the last five years with their help to get out of debt. While this may sound all fine and good on the surface, I …

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Credit Card Debt and Age: What Happens When Seniors Can No Longer Pay Their Debt? A New Look

By Eric Olsen, Attorney and Executive Director HELPS Nonprofit Law Firm Many seniors with credit card debt can’t afford to search for solutions. They see an ad on TV or search the internet and turn to a debt relief company for help. There are scores of these companies with fancy websites, BBB, and A+ ratings …

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Deceptive Answers Given to Seniors With Debt

by Eric Olsen, attorney and Executive Director HELPS Nonprofit Law Firm I recently read a question on a website that helped persons with credit card debt. The answer given is typical of the deceptive, incomplete, and false answers many websites and their experts provide to seniors with financial problems. Here is the question posed from …

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