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Attorney General McGraw’s Settlement with Five Collection Agencies Nets $772K for WV Consumers

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West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw today announced agreements with five out-of-state companies requiring them to pay a total $772,286 in refunds and cancelled debts to settle charges that they engaged in unlawful debt collection within the state. McGraw opened investigations of the companies after receiving complaints that four of them were not licensed in West Virginia and all five ... Read More »

    Owe Debt in Ireland and Need to Go Bankrupt. Now There is a Way With the Help of

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    Ireland has always been a debt perplexity. They’ve never really had a good way of dealing with past due debt and allow people to get a fresh start. When I was over in the UK for two years I spent quite a bit of time working on the problem or debt in the Republic of Ireland. The good news is ... Read More »

      National Distressed Asset Relief Program – DARP, It’s B.S. Watch Out.


      A hero reader with a debt relief company sent in a recent mailer for National Distressed Asset Relief Program they received on behalf of a client. The mailer fine print says it is somehow related to a law firm but makes no mention of the firm. The claims in the mailer give the recipient the impression they have just received ... Read More »

        Filing for Personal Bankruptcy

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        Filing bankruptcy can be scary. there is no other way around that. I should know, I filed personal bankruptcy in 1990. But just because it’s scary doesn’t mean it’s not the right thing to do. It just means that filing for personal bankruptcy is a unexpected process that most people have not properly investigated and they allow themselves to have ... Read More »

          DDS Debt Defense Services Still Up to Old Tactics

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          A reader sent me in an email Jason Pestritto sent out from a company called DDS, who I believe to be Debt Defense Services. This email came from the same Phoenix Marketing Managers that I raised issues about in “Debt Dispute: Phoenix Marketing Managers Claim to Offer Next Big Debt Relief Product – Debt Defense Services.” And while the service ... Read More »

            How to Deal With a New 1099-C Issued on Old Debt Using Little Known IRS Form 4598

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            It seems more and more people are getting tax form 1099-C issued now for the forgiveness of old debt from as long as twenty years ago. That’s a problem for consumers. This old debt is sometimes called “zombie debt” because it appears to come back from the dead. The first thing you should do is not panic. There is a ... Read More »

              Lloyd Ward, Amanda Ward, and More Named in Washington Class Action Suit

              Dallas attorney Lloyd Ward who was very involved in the debt settlement business was recently hit with a class action suit in the State of Washington. The suit was filed by The Scott Law Group against Lloyd Ward & Associates, Lloyd Ward PC, The Lloyd Ward Group, Lloyd Ward, Amanda Ward (his wife), Silverleaf Debt Solutions, and Michael Miles. The ... Read More »

                Creative Debt Solutions – Beware of These Apparent Idiots

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                A reader brought a debt relief company to my attention, Creative Debt Solutions at Beware and watch out. I took a look at their site and I was very unhappy to find some of the previously discredited tactics being promoted on their site. Just when you thought stupid tricks like novation and unilateral terms on payments was finally tossed ... Read More »

                  Unsecured Debt Consolidation Loans Like This One Can Help to Get You Out of Debt


                  I wanted to share with you the story of Will, who decided that an unsecured debt consolidation loan was the best way to deal with his debt situation. Will was kind enough to share his experience and opinions about why he got the debt consolidation loan and his experience getting it. Q: What led you to decide that a debt ... Read More »

                    United States Trustee Files More Allegations Against Morgan Drexen, Howard Law, Figueredo & Boutsis and Rosen & Wining

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                    Yesterday I wrote about a court filing by the United States Trustee against Morgan Drexen, Howard Law, Figueredo & Boutsis and Rosen & Wining. In that separate case you can read about here, some similar accusations were made as made in this case. On May 11, 2012 the United States Trustee, Donald F. Walton and United States Department of Justice ... Read More »

                      3 Reasons You Should Have a Secured Card

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                      Secured cards are often misunderstood. And while they are an awesome tool to use to rebuild credit, there are other advantageous uses for them as well. For example, a secured card allows you to put a shine on your credit and raise your credit score WITHOUT going into debt. People are often credit shy after having lived through a debt ... Read More »

                        I Moved From the UK. Can I Still Get a UK DRO Debt Relief Order? – Erin

                        “Dear Jon, I moved from the UK to the US in January 2012 with UK debts. I lived in the UK for 14 years and plan to now resettle in the USA. Having sought advice on my sitution, I seem to qualify for a DRO based on my financials, but am ensure about the residency requirements? Your article on DROs ... Read More »

                          I Moved Out of the UK and Left Debt Behind. Will I Be Caught at the Border? – Franck

                          “Dear Jon, 7 years ago, I left an overdraft of 1500 pounds and roughly 500 pounds on my credit card. I moved abroad and worked in different countries. I never heard anything from the bank. The only time I heard from them was the first months after leaving, they were leaving vocal message on my UK phone. I have an ... Read More »

                            Payplan UK Said My DMP Would Be Over in 6 Years. It’s Not. – Gail

                            “Dear Jon, been paying off all our debts with a DMP with payplan, for the last 6 years! From January this year it said may 2012 would be are last payment, we got to may and the said june would be are last payment, I received an email yesterday saying are last payment will now be august! I have just ... Read More »

                              U.S. Department of Justice Levels Deception and Fraud Allegations at Morgan Drexen and Others

                              On May 11, 2012 documents were filed in two bankruptcy cases by United States Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustee against Morgan Drexen and others. The allegations made are very sternly worded. In the first document filed against Morgan Drexen, Howard Law, Figueredo & Boutsis, and Rosen & Wining the trial attorney for the Office of the ... Read More »

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