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Debt Settlement Attorney Expands to 90 Cities Nationwide

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McCarthy Law, an Arizona based law firm, announced that it has expanded the firm geographically. McCarthy Law helps families find debt relief who have found their financial world turned upside down in a still challenging economy. (Newswire.net — February 20, 2015) Scottsdale, AZ –McCarthy Law, an Arizona based law firm, announced that it has expanded the firm geographically. McCarthy Law ... Read More »

    Should I Go With Student Loan Education Center To Help With My Loans?

    Problem Solving Series

    “Dear Steve, I have about $18,000 in student loan debt. I recently was contacted by the Student Loan Education Center that said they were a third party company that was setting up consolidations for the US Dept of Education to consolidate my loans for a fee of $599. They said I qualified for an income based plan and then got ... Read More »

      My Student Loan Lender Sent Too Much Money to The School

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      “Dear Steve, I signed for 16,000 bank school loan, when a payment was late I received the bill stating the total was 21,000 two different loans, one for the 16,000 and another for 8,000. I told the bank 16,00 was mine. The story goes, the school told the loaner they only received 8,000 he called the bank and the said ... Read More »

        Should I Stick With the Pay As You Earn Student Loan Program?

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        “Dear Steve, I have a question about my student loans. When I first graduated from graduate school, I was eligible for pay as you earn. This is because while I was in school, I had very little income, and I didn’t start working right away and so only had a partial year of income. I signed up for the pay ... Read More »

          Why Income Based Student Loan Payments Can Be a Terrible Trap

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          What Student Loan Assistance Companies Are Not Telling You With the surge in companies that are selling student loan assistance programs it seems their product is most commonly just filling out paperwork to enroll people in income driven repayment programs for federal student loans. It’s an easy sale, “We Can Lower Your Payment,” is a powerful message that resonates with ... Read More »

            Settlement Corporation of America on CT Radar

            money down the drain

            The State of Connecticut Department of Banking has just announced a new enforcement action against The Purewal Law Group, Legal Network of America, and Settlement Corporation of America. According to the information provided, the parties named “shall immediately cease and desist from engaging or offering to engage in debt negotiation in Connecticut without a license, in violation of Section 36a-671(b) ... Read More »

              FTC Goes After Debt Relief Companies Who Deal With Payday Loans

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              On February 18, 2015 the Federal Trade Commission filed suit against PSC Administrative, Coastal Acquisitions, Infinity Client Solutions, Infinity Collect, Jared Irby, and Richard Hughes for violations of the Telemarketing Sales Rule. The FTC alleges the Defendants solicited consumers with debt relief services, who owed payday loans. “Defendants have induced consumers to enroll in their program by claiming that they ... Read More »

                Are My Student Loans Going to Destroy My Life?

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                “Dear Steve, I was injured at work really bad. (Neck/Back/Shoulder) I missed 2 years of work. I lost everything I owned: House, my business. my boat,motorcycle, work trucks, and property. Everything was gone.It all went to pay bills and just to eat as I had a family of 4. At almost 40 years old i had to retrain, the injuries ... Read More »

                  I Went Back to College Late in Life But I Still Have the Debt

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                  “Dear Steve, At the age of 40 I got a AA degree with Federal Student Loans. I do not work in my field of study. I am now 55 and I did miss a few payments after wife got sick and lost job and that chewed up our savings. I have been paying steady for the last 4 years and ... Read More »

                    My Tax Refund Was Intercepted Because of Delinquent Student Loans

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                    “Dear Steve, I have a federal student loan that I haven’t been paying on. My 2014 tax refund has been garnished. Is there any way to get this reversed. If I set up a payment schedule with the US Department of Education C/o Great Lakes Higher Education Guarantee Corp? Thanks, Roger” The Answer Dear Roger, If your tax refund was ... Read More »

                      Student Loan Statute of Limitations is Perplexing

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                      “Dear Steve, My fiancée has over $60k in private student loans. The original amount borrowed was $35k she is a teacher and always thought the student loan forgiveness program would apply and we discovered it doesn’t We have calculated that she cant afford to pay the minimum payments and reduce the balance. Her last payment was May 2014, I read ... Read More »

                        These Student Loan Facts Make Me Want to Vomit

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                        The Federal Reserve Bank of New York just published information that makes me concerned for the financial future of consumers who fall into the student loan trap. Despite what people feel or say, there are still affordable ways to get a college education without going $175,000 in debt for a graphic arts bachelors degree. The value of a good community ... Read More »

                          Consumer Financial Problems Not Limited to America

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                          I spotted a recent article out of Singapore where the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) had expressed a concern over the level of indebtedness local households of Malays were facing. If you extracted the local references out of the article it sounds just like the problems faced by people in Iowa or Texas. “While household balance sheets remain generally healthy, ... Read More »

                            Debt Management Credit Counseling Publishes Debt Consolidation Video

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                            Last week Debt Management Credit Counseling sent out the press release below. Two things struck me as a bit odd about it so I emailed the company to ask for clarification. As of yet I’ve not heard back from them so I’ll just publish the release and my observations and if they ever respond, I’ll update the post with their ... Read More »

                              I’m Being Sued Over My Private Student Loans in Florida

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                              “Dear Steve, I graduated college in 2006 with an incredible private student loan debt. After working for over a year with the company I simply could not afford their ridiculous payments, I tried everything I could. In the end the loans went into default and I’m sure were sold several times over since. I have always kept up my federal ... Read More »

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