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When Bankruptcy Feels “Wrong”

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By Paula Langguth Ryan When it comes to your debts, are you stressing yourself out financially or creating financial hardship for yourself or a loved one? Has anyone suggested you consider bankruptcy? Do you get queasy even considering the idea? I want you to pay attention to where any feelings of “it just feels wrong inside” to not pay your ... Read More »

    Marc Hoffman of Hoffman Law Group to Face Bar Issues

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    The Hoffman Law Group is/was a Florida based company that is said to have provided foreclosure rescue services and solicited consumers for mass joinder suits against lenders. This approach has been problematic and a number of authorities have warned consumers about this type of activity. The Palm Beach Post is reporting: “A North Palm Beach lawyer who advertises foreclosure-rescue services ... Read More »

      FTC Bans MLM Executives and Says Claims Were Bogus

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      The operators of a Kentucky-based pyramid scheme, which enrolled more than 350,000 consumers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada in the last four years, have been banned from multi-level marketing under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the states of Illinois, Kentucky and North Carolina. The settlement also requires the operators to surrender assets totaling at ... Read More »

        Who is Consumer Legal Resources of Florida?

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        A reader asked me today about a company out of Florida called Consumer Legal Resources of Florida that the State of Florida says Joseph Hilton is the president of. The company was registered in Florida on April 25, 2014. Does anybody know what this new company is going to be doing for consumers or selling? If you have a credit ... Read More »

          Four Ways You Can Seek Back Pay for an Unpaid Internship

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          by Kara Brandeisky ProPublica, May 9, 2014, 12 p.m. At ProPublica, we’ve heard from a lot of unpaid interns. You’ve told us about walking your boss’s dog, fact-checking for magazines and even doing the same work as federal prosecutors 2014 all for little or no pay. If you think you might be entitled to minimum wage for your work, you ... Read More »

            Education Loan Network Mailer Raises Concerns for Reader

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            An amazing reader adalton sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. The mailer if for an entity identified as Education Loan Network and mailed from postal permit 1297 in Sacramento, CA. The reader who submitted this mailer for review, said: “I noticed a couple red flags on this one: 1. This generically named ... Read More »

              Mortgage Delinquencies Plumet and Subprime Borrowers Get Shot

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              TransUnion, the credit reporting people, have just released new data that certainly makes it appear the big wave of mortgage defaults and delinquencies is over. In fact this data marks the ninth quarter of declines in the rate at which borrowers are 60 or more days behind on their mortgages. We haven’t see rates this low since the second quarter ... Read More »

                Dirty Dozen Credit Card Debt Strategies If You’re Laid Off


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                Layoffs are happening at big name companies like IBM, JPMorgan Chase, La-Z-Boy, and Sony, as well as family-owned businesses. You’re not alone if you’ve been blind-sided by a layoff. Or you may have some advance notice. Either way, losing your job can trigger feelings of unworthiness, powerlessness and lack. (Three of the big six core beliefs I talk about in ... Read More »

                  Free Student Loan Money for Veterinarians

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                  The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, has announced there is money available in fiscal year 2014 for their Veterinary Medicine Loan Program (VMLRP). Veterinarians eligible must serve in two ares: (1) geographical areas that the USDA Secretary determines have a shortage of veterinarians; and (2) areas of veterinary practice that the Secretary determines have a shortage of veterinarians, ... Read More »

                    Reader Sends n Student Loan Relief Group Mailer That Concerns Her

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                    An amazing reader FTC Investigator sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. The reader said this about the submission: “This is a very misleading letter as it states that I am eligible for the student loan reform act. It implies that there is some sort of government program that I have been pre-qualified ... Read More »

                      Things Wrapping Up in Lloyd Ward, Lloyd Regner, and ABC Debt Relief Case

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                      Back in 2010 a bunch of debt settlement employees filed suit against ABC Debt Relief, The Debt Answer, Lloyd Ward, Lloyd Ward & Associates, and Lloyd Regner for wages owed. You can read more about that suit and its X-rated allegations, here. According to files just sent to me by a tipster (send in your tips here), the case has ... Read More »

                        Bank of America to Pay $727 Million for Illegal Credit Card Practices

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                        The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered Bank of America, N.A. and FIA Card Services, N.A. to provide an estimated $727 million in relief to consumers harmed by practices related to credit card add-on products. Roughly 1.4 million consumers were affected by Bank of America’s deceptive marketing of their add-on products. Bank of America also illegally charged approximately 1.9 ... Read More »

                          Auto Purchase Goes Wrong and Leaves Widow Holding a Big Mysterious Debt

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                          In North Carolina a case is meandering it’s way through the courts regarding the purchase of a Jeep and the resulting financial quagmire. If you have some free time to work your way through the document filed, you will wind up scratching your head. It’s confusing enough the consumer is named Hester and the car dealership was Vester but keep ... Read More »

                            Do Debt Relief Companies Violate the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act?

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                            For some time the esoteric argument of debt relief companies putting debt outside the statute of limitations in a credit counseling or debt settlement program, has been bantered about. But a recent twist to this otherwise academic discussion has put a new emphasis on this issue. A Seventh Circuit court opinion found that debt collectors’ letters to consumers offering to ... Read More »

                              Department of Education Wants to Make Schools Accountable for Cost

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                              The Department of Education is proposing new rules tomorrow that would make for-profit colleges, universities and schools be more responsible for the education and cost of that education provided to students in programs which prepare student for gainful employment. The government is concerned a number of these postsecondary educational programs are neither accountable nor transparent to students enrolling in these ... Read More »

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