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

robbery

“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?

    Mature woman confused

    “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” Dear Phyllis, The term debt consolidation encompasses so many options that it’s hard to tell exactly what you ... Read More »

      How Do I Settle My Debt With a Collection Agency?

      Financing a budget

      “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

        adding up

        “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

              medical-bills

              “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

                paramedic-square

                “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 »

                  Will I Be Stopped at the U.S. Border if I Leave Australia With Debt I Can’t Pay?

                  Passport with US visa and "admitted" stamps

                  “Dear Steve, In 2011 I went to the United States I am a US citizen when I returned to Australia I thought I would still have my job but that didn’t happen and have been unable to get a job I have not contacted the bank in 2 years out of fear. I’m on centerlink benefits because I had to ... Read More »

                    Can I Get My Vehicle Out of Pawn With a Title Loan? – Kelly

                    money down the drain

                    “Dear Steve, Currently have a title pawn for $5000. I know these are stupid, but desperate people do desperate things sometimes. the monthly payment I have to pay is $500 which is the interest. more if I want to bring down the principle balance. Are there any legitimate companies out there that will assist with a title loan payoff. Meaning, ... Read More »

                      Should I Use My Retirement Money to Pay Off My Student Loans? – Cynthia

                      process

                      “Dear Steve, I would like to know if I would be better off paying off student loans with a retirement plan disbursement from former employer I have about $26,000 in SallieMae student loans. I will be receiving a disbursement from a former employer for Profit Sharing and Money Purchase plans. I want to know if I would be better off ... Read More »

                        Is the Legal Advocate Network a Mortgage Modification Scam? – Bobbie

                        Black Leather Flogging Whip and money on white background. Not i

                        “Dear Steve, I was looking into a mortgage modification and my mortgage company said they can’t do one for us. I received information for a mortgage modification from Legal Advocate Network. I can’t find any info on them and their web site has not address. When I called them all they would tell me is that they are in Orange ... Read More »

                          I Can’t Afford My UK IVA Payments and Go to Bed Hungry. – Paulette

                          hunger

                          “Dear Steve, I am currently on IVA debt management plan. At the moment am unemployed. Struggling to pay my plan. Am a single mother of four children. This is surpose to take five years to be written off or get out of the debt. I am not coping with it. some days we go to bed hungry. Is there a ... Read More »

                            I Have an Old Credit Card on My Credit Report. Will It Go Away? – Julie

                            goodbye

                            “Dear Steve, There is a credit card debt on my credit report that is more than 10 years old. I can’t get any questions answered or removed from my credit report. I’m in California. How long is the debt collectable? What is the statute of limitation on collecting the debt? What can I do to get it removed? Julie” Dear ... Read More »

                              The Lender Agreed to a Short Sale But Nobody Wants to Buy It. – Hal

                              Decision time

                              “Dear Steve, We have a underwater mortgage that is approximately $100,000 in excess of the value of our home. We have been trying to get the principal reduced and now have the offer listed in the “question’s section” We have underwater mortgage that was transferred from Bank of America to SPS and they have offered a “Short Payoff” in the ... Read More »

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