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Lesbians Languish in Loads of Liabilities

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Question: Dear Steve, After ending my domestic partnership I was single and on my own financially for just under three years. I have since re-married, but incurred approximately $30,000 in credit card debt, while I was the only income for my family of four. I have $13.5K debt on a card with 12% APR. I have $16K debt on a ... Read More »

    We Are Suffocating in Student Loan Debt. It’s Killing Us.

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    Question: Dear Steve, My husband and I have $260,000 in student loan debt, we’ve paid $35,000 toward this debt in the last 5 years and it’s gone up $30,000. My husband makes $36,000 a year (I am, currently, a SAHM who cannot find a job), we are obviously suffocating in our debt. I cannot find a lawyer who is willing ... Read More »

      How Can We Get Collectors to Stop Calling My Father for Student Loan Payments?

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      Question: Dear Steve, My dad is over 75 yrs old with diabetes and needs a break from the creditors that harass him about his granddaughter’s loan from a private christian college she attended. He volunteered but now we want him forgiven for cosigning. How can my daughter and I help him this time around. She pays each time however sometimes ... Read More »

        CFPB Targets Student Loan Assistance Advertising

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        Yesterday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) sent letters to search engines and asked them to beware of those companies offering up student loan assistance advertising. The letter said: “I am writing to alert Google that student debt relief scammers may be targeting student loan borrowers through the company’s search products. There are over 40 million Americans who collectively owe ... Read More »

          Kesher Law Group is Offered Up by Reader

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          In response to a previous article about the demise of Morgan Drexen a reader said I should take a look at Kesher Law Group. Kesher Law Group According to the State of California, Kesher Law Group, P.C. was formed on April 3, 2015 and is located at 675 Anton Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 and the agent is ... Read More »

            I Consolidated My Student Loans But They Left Some Sallie Mae Ones Out

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            Question: Dear Steve, Hi, a few months ago I consolidated my student loans through a FedLoan servicing company. They consolidated my loans from Sallie Mae, Navient, and Nelnet. I was told by one of their employees after I agreed to consolidate the loans to not contact them any further. A few months passed and my credit dropped significantly so I ... Read More »

              Will I Be Stopped at the Border for My Old Student Loans?

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              Question: Dear Steve, I live in France. I have lived in France for over 20 years. Last year I did my first income tax return for the United States using the amnesty program. This year I had a tax refund of $1000.94 well I have a student loan debt I knew I would not get the thousand dollars and I ... Read More »

                Door Slams Hard on Morgan Drexen Debt Settlement Company

                M.D. Anderson's Houston Main Building is imploded Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Houston. Opened in 1952 the 20-story building was the regional headquarters for Prudential Insurance Company. Prudential sold the building in 1975. ( Nick de la Torre / Houston Chronicle )

                Surely a bunch of people at Morgan Drexen are blaming the U.S. Government and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today for the utter demise of Walter Ledda’s creation, Morgan Drexen, on Friday. An insider told me over the weekend, “Just letting you know the court ordered Morgan Drexen’s trustee to seize operations immediately. Morgan Drexen was shut down today at ... Read More »

                  Can I Punt This Student Loan Back to My Ex-Wife? – Gene

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                  Question: Dear Steve, My parents are signer and co-signer for a huge private student loan over $100,000 which was used to cover expenses for my ex-wife over 10 years ago. We since divorced and as part of our divorce agreement, we divided liabilities on her student debt and removed her name from some of the loans (the loan company then ... Read More »

                    Oh China, You So Funny. This is Going to Hurt.

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                    According to Shanghai Daily, consumer debt is rolling out to middle and low-income earners in China and in my opinion this will just leave innocent people slaughtered by easy credit. Imagine living in a country where easy credit has never been available and then having your first taste of it. It will be like doing meth for the first time ... Read More »

                      UK Kicks U.S. Ass When it Comes to Debt Relief Options

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                      Not all that long ago I actually moved to the UK to study the benefits of debt relief options there. There are familiar U.S. based creditors in the UK but they handle debt relief entirely differently. While the U.S. struggled with disreputable debt settlement providers, the UK required debt relief providers to actually hold a debt relief license and be ... Read More »

                        Kickstarter Project Creator Nailed for Fraud

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                        In its first case involving crowdfunding, the Federal Trade Commission has taken legal action against the deceptive tactics of a project creator who raised money from consumers to produce a board game through a Kickstarter campaign, but instead used most of the funds on himself. The defendant has agreed to a settlement that prohibits him from deceptive representations related to ... Read More »

                          Debt Relief Owners and Salespeople Headed to Jail for Fraud

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                          On June 9, 2015, a federal jury convicted three California residents who worked at a Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., business that offered bogus loan modification programs to thousands of financially distressed homeowners who lost more than $7 million when they paid for services, including loan modifications, that were never provided. The three Southland, Calif., residents were associated with a telemarketing operation ... Read More »

                            You Sure Sound Like You Have Financial PTSD

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                            Question: Dear Steve, I want to avoid filing bankruptcy! My current financial situation is so stressful that I am constantly dealing with severe anxiety, nausea and extreme highs and lows. There is no doubt it is hurting my ability in my sales career which then effects my compensation since I am a commission-only sales rep. I have multiple student loans. ... Read More »

                              How to Ditch Your Corinthian College Student Loan Debt

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                              Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education announced new steps to protect students from abusive for-profit colleges, as well as a new debt relief process for students at Corinthian Colleges – which operated schools under the names Everest, Heald, and Wyotech. Information for borrowers is available at the Federal Student Aid (FSA) website, at our new toll-free number for Corinthian students ... Read More »

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