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My Ex-Husband Said He’d Pay My Student Loans in Our Divorce. But He’s Not. – Amanda

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“Dear Steve, My ex husband and I consolidated our student loans. I had $2,000 in loans, he had $97,000. We divorced in 2007. In the divorce, he got the student loans. I was held harmless (or some such term and released from them). Unfortunately, he is not paying them. He waits until the very last second to file for deferments ... Read More »

    I’m 21, Permanently Disabled and Trying to Deal With My Credit Cards. – Anna

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    “Dear Steve, My name is anna I am a 21yr old women trying to get on my feet. I am recently perm. disabled and behind on credit card payments at least 3-6 months. I only recive a monthly income of $570.00. I live with family but have to provide my own food/personal items. I have no bank account (since the ... Read More »

      How Should I List My Past Due Taxes on My Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Filing? – David

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      “Dear Steve, I live in California, I was married and my wife and I got into severe ($80,000+)debt and($50,000+) tax trouble. We filed for Chapter 13 in 2004 and erased the debt but left the taxes with the plan of filing Chapter 13. That never happened. We were separated then and finally got divorced in 2009. I remaried in 2009. ... Read More »

        Will I Be Turned Down for a Corporate American Express Card? – Beverly

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        Beverly “Dear Steve, I have been out of work for 6 mos. and am a single mom. I just got another job! They want to get me a corporate american express but I’m afraid I’ll get turned down, they’ll find out about my credit and I’ll NOT have a job. This company is well established and had been in business ... Read More »

          I’m Taking Mirapex for My Parkinson’s And It’s Made Me Gamble and Compulsively Shop. – Betty

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          Betty “Dear Steve, I get $729 a month from SS. That is my only income. I have never been so undisciplined in my life as the last 7 years with each year getting worse. I am on mirapex for my Parkinsons and even though I know shopping, and gambling are 2 of the many problems associated with this drug I ... Read More »

            I Want to Repossess My Brothers Car. – Nicole

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            Nicole “Dear Steve, My brother needed help with getting a car. So me being the nice sister I am agreed to help, not knowing he was not going to keep any of his jobs figuring a 21 year old does not have to worry about life must be. I gave him numerous chances to redeem himself. Finally I told him ... Read More »

              I Just Invested in 33 Loans to Help People to Get Out of Debt

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              Lately I’ve been very impressed with LendingClub.com and the peer-to-peer model that they have developed to let individual investors participate in some small way in making loans to other people that need to borrow money. The LendingClub business model allows both borrowers and lenders to skip the banks completely and lend to each other. From the advertising revenue from this ... Read More »

                How Can I Get Caught Up on Back Payments When I Don’t Make Enough Money to Get By On? – Kenneth

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                Kenneth “Dear Steve, I filed chapter 7 bankruptcy a little over 2 years ago. I was laid off last December and could not find work for 6 months. I am back working now but am behind in almost all of my payments, most notable child support and owe income taxes from last year. I had to borrow money during this ... Read More »

                  I’m a College Student and I Feel Suicidal Because of My Debt. – Calvin

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                  Calvin “Dear Steve, I am a college student with severe chronic depression. The illness has been so debilitating that I have gone from being a dean’s list student to entering the second term of my fifth year of undergraduate school. Unfortunately, this situation has forced me to take on $41,000 in student loans. I can’t afford health insurance and even ... Read More »

                    How Can I Get Inquiries Off My Credit Report? – Chris

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                    “Dear Steve, I am purchasing a house for the first time. My credit report says there are too many inquires. My mortgage broker says some don’t belong to them. I also have one delinquent payment on my car, (over 30 days). How do I remove the excess inquires from my credit report? Chris”   Dear Chris, There are three types ... Read More »

                      We’ve Taken a Cut in Pay And Can’t Afford Our Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Payment. – Carrie

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                      Carrie “Dear Steve, My husband and I filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy in December of 2008. At the time of filing we made a combined total of $64,000 annually. Our total debt is $237,000 ($200,000 in student loans and $37,000 in credit card debt) and our trustee would not allow us to pay our student loans directly along with a smaller ... Read More »

                        Should I Use My Money in the Bank to Pay Down My Credit Card? – Jenn

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                        Jenn “Dear Steve, I have been out of college for 3 years. I have 26,000 student loan debt with low interest rates 1-4%, 6000 in credt card debt with 9% interest. I’m struggleing with if its better to have a savings accont or to pay down my debt. i currently have a savings account, but I dont know if I ... Read More »

                          I Have a Really Big Emergency Fund to Carry Me Through My Unemployment. – Ashlee

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                          Ashlee “Dear Steve, I was laid off in March 2009. I’ve been collecting unemployment and haven’t found a new job yet. I built up a large emergency fund so I’m alright until 2011 if needed (covering my mortgage, bills etc). I have a car loan and I owe around $4000 on it, however; I have the money sitting in that ... Read More »

                            I Am Currently 4 Months Behind on My Mortgage and HELOC. What Do You Suggest? – Debbie

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                            “Dear Steve, I am currently 4 months behind on my mortgage and my heloc. I have worked out a modification with my primary lender that I can live with, and I continue to work out a settlement offer with my heloc throuogh chase bank. what would happen if I just paid my first mortgage ? could the heloc bank attach ... Read More »

                              I Have to File Bankruptcy But My Husband Says He Won’t Support It And Will Leave Me. – Julie

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                              Julie “Dear Steve, I have a failed business and am looking to bankrupcy to receive discharge from SBA personal guarantees and from personal credit card debt used in the business. My husband’s income puts us over the median in our state, I have already been advised by a lawyer that for this reason I will have to file Chp. 13 ... Read More »

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