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Should I Do Debt Settlement or Get a Debt Consolidation Loan?

Question: Dear Steve, I’m trying to decide if I should use a debt settlement company for a consolidation loan. If you have an excellent payment history and now you’re deciding to settle those debts, would it be better to consolidate them and pay them off in full or get a settlement company to settle them? … Read more

Rapid Reader Questions, Debt Consolidation, Navient, Credit Score, Fraud, and More

Q: Is it legal for a mortgage company to all of a sudden demand a deferment balance from 10 years ago now, or will they foreclose on the home I am one month behind on the monthly payment? A: That sounds a lot like a balloon mortgage (a mortgage in which a large portion of … Read more

California Passes New Law That Settlement Companies Need to Read

The Governor of California has just approved AB 1405 regarding debt settlement practices. Considering the number of debt settlement companies located in especially Southern California, this should create some new risks and liabilities for them. The new law targets not only the companies that sell and perform settlements but also the payment processors as well. … Read more

Litigation Practice Group Tells Me to Cancel With Worden & Associates

Question: Dear Steve, In January 2021, I signed with Worden & Associates/Global Holdings LLC to handle my Debt Settlement situation. At that time, I was $7186 in credit card debt. I was told it would take 4 1/2 years to make a $170.99 monthly payment. They have settled 3 of the five credit card companies. … Read more

I Want to Know if Spring Legal Group Scammed Me

Question: Dear Steve, Spring Legal Group, a debt resolution group. They are supposed to be helping, and about $4000+ has been automatically deducted from my checking account. It went to a “third party” holding financial institution. Today I reviewed the account (8/27/2021), and there is only $97 in that account. The review shows all kinds … Read more