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Best Debt Consolidation Loans

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Finding a legitimate debt consolidation loan program can be frustrating, depressing and darn near impossible. We’ve all seen the advertisements promising loans for people with bad credit or loans with no credit check. In my experience those companies are often high priced, that is if you actually get a debt consolidation loan and not get ripped off. Many Debt Consolidation ... Read More »

    You Have Not Failed if You File Bankruptcy

    What I most want you to do when facing bankruptcy is to stop assuming or reacting emotionally and start thinking logically.

    A frequent and quiet chorus says people who file bankruptcy have failed in some way, but let’s set the record straight on that myth. It’s not true. Bankruptcy is the law of the land in many countries. It allows people otherwise tightly gripped by unmanageable debt to find a way to break free of an otherwise impossible situation. Bankruptcy is ... Read More »

      IRS Form 982 is Your Friend if You Got a 1099-C

      IRS Form 982

      Just because you got a 1099-C form from forgiven debt is not a reason to immediately panic and think you are automatically going to owe a lot of taxes on the forgiven debt. In the debt world a point of contention for me is the chronic misinformation about forgiven debt from debt settlement or a debt determined to be uncollectible. ... Read More »

        Debt Relief Company Options Debt Consolidation Canada Hits Rough Patch

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        The Vancover Sun is reporting a situation which sounds familiar in the U.S. as well regarding Options Debt Consolidation Canada and Options Credit Canada. Apparently Options Credit was selling agents or franchise owners a magnificent debt relief business opportunity where they would receive “with real-time leads and the ongoing support and management necessary to qualify prospective clients and to generate ... Read More »

          My Credit Union Won’t Give Me My Car Title Because I Have a Credit Card Balance

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          “Dear Steve, Worked for this credit union who in the past had federal investigators in when there were bogus loans. Worked there for 15 yrs. I paid my car loan off with my credit union but they won’t give me the title. I owe on a visa account there and they are pulling the cross collateral trick. Thing is I ... Read More »

            Is My Plan to Deal With My United Recovery Debt a Good One?

            stolen idea

            “Dear Steve, 1. 1993 – I get a credit card, my first and only (Cap One). 2. It’s fine for several years. 3. 2003 – Divorce, followed by scary major illness; unable to work. Disaster. Balance creeping up. 4. More disaster. Long irrelevant story. I use the cc to pay the rent. Keeping the roof over the kids’ heads. 5. ... Read More »

              How Can I Get Out of This Judgment and Wage Garnishment?

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              “Dear Steve, In 2008, at the age of 18, I moved out of home, into an apartment with a roommate. The rent was high ($1300/mo), and about 4-5 months into the lease, my roommate’s work started to decline. One morning, she up and moved out, and with management (which has since changed, and the rates have lowered) being completely unhelpful, ... Read More »

                I Co-Signed for a Private Student Loan and It’s Killing Me

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                “Dear Steve, I co-signed a private student loan that is now in collections and ruining my DTI. I found your petition for the Fairness for Struggling Students Act on change.org. Have you had any contact with Senator Coons or anyone else on the senate judiciary committee regarding this? I am a DE resident and trying very hard to push on ... Read More »

                  Does a Debt Consolidation Program Lower My Credit Score?

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                  “Dear Steve, I need to consolidate credit card debt of $9,000.00. Does debt consolidation go against my credit rating, or lower my score? Do I have to close out my credit cards with my creditors to go forth with the program? Phyllis” The Answer Dear Phyllis, The term debt consolidation encompasses so many options that it’s hard to tell exactly ... Read More »

                    How Do I Settle My Debt With a Collection Agency?

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                    “Dear Steve, Time to Face the Dragon? I have 40k in credit card debt amassed during 2 years of unemployment. 28k of it has been sold to third party collectors. I am now in a position to clean it all up. I realize now I should have declared bankruptcy. But it’s too late now since I am employed again. So- ... Read More »

                      I’m Afraid of Bankruptcy But Struggling Each Month

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                      “Dear Steve, Single mother, income 1600 after deductions, credit card debt 27,000. I have a house and I’ve been making payments for two years of 928 monthly. I have an equity of 26,000. No paymentys behind. You advised me about filing chapter 7 bankruptcy, and even though I don’t want to do it, at this moment I am sure It ... Read More »

                        Can I Get Macy’s and Capital One to Please Charge Off My Credit Cards? – Brigitte

                        End of stress.

                        “Dear Steve, I live in California, I’m 55yrs old woman, my 3 daughters just finished college, last month I lost my job, I have 2 credit cards, one is Macy’s for $5,000 and the other Capital one for $5,000, do you think if I call them and let them know I’m unemployed they will charge off my cards? is it ... Read More »

                          Is Home Remedy Center, Affiliated with Prudent Law Group, a Scam? – Alana

                          Drive Carefully

                          “Dear Steve, I own a home and have a jumbo loan (over 700K) with 6.5% interest with Wells Fargo, and loan is with a private lender, not a Fanny Mae or Freddie Mac loan. Wells Fargo refused modifying the loan or reduce theinterest. We are current on payments. I was contact by Home Remedy Center, affiliated with Prudent Law Group, ... Read More »

                            A Brain Tumor and Private Student Loans Led to a Life Lesson. – Sally

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                            “Dear Steve, Daughter was dx with brain cancer while attending college away from home. She went through brain surgery, radiation and chemo. She was able to obtain her degree (took 7 years). She has private student loan debt for approx $50,000. We co-signed her loans. We also have Parent Plus loans for her and her sister totaling another $50,000. During ... Read More »

                              My Credit Was Hit by an Uninsured Motorist and Left With a Traumatic Injury

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                              “Dear Steve, Dear Steve, I was in an automobile accident in 11/’05, hit by another driver who had stolen a car, therfore I was unable to sue anyone for the accident. I had no health insurance and my uninsured motorist policy was $100k, which of course the hospital negotiated a payment towards my $300,000 bill. I was in an automobile ... Read More »

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