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Otto Berges and Consumer Protection Counsel Back in Court Again

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I previously published a story about an outfit out of Florida being challenged in court over allegations they were selling credit repair services. See this story. Well some of the same players are back in it again. This new suit names Berges Law Group, Otto Berges, Consumer Protection Counsel, Debt Be Gone, and Gregory Fishman. Well apparently a couple of ... Read More »

    Debt Free Student Runs Most Unbelievably Dumb Advertisement

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    A reader forwarded an advertisement they saw on Facebook for a student loan assistance company called Debt Free Student. Apparently they didn’t get the memo on using President Obama likeness in debt relief advertising. I’m sure the FTC is going to love seeing this one. Debt Free Student says they are located at 1200 Main Street, Suite G, Irvine, CA ... Read More »

      Why Didn’t the Bankruptcy Court Discharge My Student Loans? I’m a Teacher.

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      “Dear Steve, My husband & I filed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Arizona in 2011, discharged May, 2011. We filed due to his medical conditions, which caused our family to loose a decrease in wages, which eventually led to permanent disability. We lost our house & moved back to Arkansas (5/2011) to be closer to family. I am a certified teacher, ... Read More »

        Shouldn’t Key Bank Have Backed Off During My Bankruptcy?

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        “Dear Steve, I graduated college in August 2010 and filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy in September of 2010 to get rid of some credit card debt I had. Under the bankruptcy I was told by my lawyer that my student loans would go into the automatic stay and be protected there until the discharge of my other debts was granted. This ... Read More »

          Has Practical Debt Relief Gone Poof? Police Confirm Investigation.

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          A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in the following statement: “Practical Debt Relief is gone. Around $250K was embezzled from the client accounts held by Global Client Solutions. The local police department are investigating which is Davie, Florida. Global Client Solution closed the accounts of all clients and sent them refunds and a letter explaining. If you call ... Read More »

            Is Consumer Credit Counseling Becoming Less Relevant?

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            I could not help but notice the number of new financial initiatives that seem to just disregard Consumer Credit Counseling as we know it with groups like the National Foundation for Consumer Credit. Could it be true that out in the wider world the NFCC and its members have just lost their luster? Here is what prompted my question over ... Read More »

              Student Loans Will Kill Your Dreams of Home Ownership

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              The vast majority of consumers in America make important financial decisions basically by-the-seat-of-their-pants. I know people mean well but it is commonly bad advice and accepted assumptions that cause a bright financial future to be scuppered. Let’s take the issue of student loans for example. Loads of people blindly regurgitate “student loans are good debt” so much so they believe ... Read More »

                Legal Helpers Goes Out With a Whimper and Likely Bankruptcy.

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                The State of North Carolina has finally resolved their action against Legal Helpers Debt Resolution. It marks a depressing end to an attorney loophole case that in the day was the business model of the attorney debt settlement company. It is interesting that when LHDR was fresh out of the box, people were aggressively defending their business plan and attorney ... Read More »

                  Delta Law Firm – Consumer Complaint – September 26, 2014

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                  Consumer Statement: We fulfilled all items on our end of the contract but they never met their end of the contract. They kept saying it would just take time but we finished paying and nothing has been resolved. Now the contact numbers we had are no longer valid so we can’t contact them. Consumer Action Taken: I was trying to ... Read More »

                    Care One and Bernie Dancel Say What!

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                    As part of my junk mail program a reader sent in a recent copy of a letter they say they received from CareOne that has a very fit picture of founder Bernie Dancel on it. There is only one big problem, the domain name listed on the bottom of the letter, CareOneInfo.com, isn’t actually owned by CareOne anymore and it ... Read More »

                      What is the Process to Get ITT Tech Student Loans Forgiven?

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                      “Dear Steve, My husband and I both went to school at ITT Tech, a for-profit college. My husband got a Bachelor’s degree and I have an Associate’s degree. We each owe $100,000 in federal student loans. I am unemployed and my husband just started getting his wages garnished. We live paycheck to paycheck. If we could afford to pay we ... Read More »

                        Can I File Bankruptcy on My Federal Student Loans to Stop My Wage Garnishment?

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                        “Dear Steve, Wage garnishment has been in effect for almost two years. I was always told that you cannot file bancruptcy on fed student loans…is this true? Currently i am garnished for 25% every two weeks. I no longer can afford my home car etc. Im losing everything. I have filed bankruptcy before and would prefer not to do it ... Read More »

                          DOD Purposes Lending Rule Change to Protect Military Families From Abusive Interest Rates

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                          The Department of Defense is proposing changes to the Military Lending Act (MLA) to extend financial protections for military members and in turn, their families. The MLA limits the amount of interest that a creditor may charge on “consumer credit” to a maximum annual Military Annual Percentage Rate (MAPR) of 36 percent. Not that it’s a fabulous rate. It appears ... Read More »

                            Details on Florida Bar Complaint Against Howard Feinmel

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                            The Florida Bar has sent me a copy of the complaint they recently filed against Florida attorney Howard Feinmel. I reported yesterday about the case. But today there are more facts available after reading the filed complaint. Right off the bat I found it intriguing the Florida Bar makes the statement, “Respondent has represented various persons and entities, including but ... Read More »

                              The Importance of the Asterisk in Credit Offers Using a MiLEND Example

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                              A reader sent in a mailer about an offer from MiLEND for a new mortgage. MiLEND appears to be all licensed and registered so for once that’s not the issue. The offer appears to be legit and for a new mortgage and cash back “to use any way you like for just an additional $101.18 per month.” But this is ... Read More »

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