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What a Typical Debt Collector Payment Plan Looks Like

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When a debt collector has contacted you about a past-due debt and you are unable to pay the entire amount, or settle the account for less than the balance in a lump sum payment, you may have another option — a payment plan. A payment plan is not available on every account, but for those accounts that are eligible, a ... Read More »

    What’s Missing from Hillary Clinton’s Student Loan Plan

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    Little by little, the mass of humanity that’s running for President of the United States is coming to realize something very important: Not only does the $1.2 trillion worth of higher education-related debt pose significant macroeconomic peril to the country, but solving this problem (or, at least, coming close) has the potential to rally widespread, enthusiastic support across the generational ... Read More »

      U-Fi Student Loan Debt Reduction Mailer Review

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      An amazing reader J sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. This mailer is for a purported student loan debt reduction or consolidation from U-Fi a Nelnet partnership. The mailer says you can “Save with a Refinance Loan from U-Fi.” There are a couple of concerns I have with the mailer. While the ... Read More »

        David Fishman of Arbitronix and Debtbusters Thinks I’m an Idiot

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        So I just got the following email from someone who says they are David Fishman, the President of Paladin Resolution consisting of Arbitronix and Debtbusters. I’m happy to let people express a point or opinion so here is his letter to the editor, so to speak. “Mr. Rhode. I am a subscriber to your daily blurb on the debt settlement ... Read More »

          Can You Believe Hess Kennedy Debt Settlement Mess Still in the Works?

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          For those of us who have been involved in the debt relief industry, there are a couple of landmark events that created havoc for the industry and consumers. Take Ameridebt as an example. Or how about Allegro Law. But then again there were the Morgan Drexen and Legal Helpers Debt Resolution debacles. As an industry, if we are going to ... Read More »

            Former Legal Helpers Employee Wonders About Colonial Law Group

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            I received a tip from someone who claimed to be a former Legal Helpers Debt Resolution employee who pointed out something I should look at and raised an interesting observation. The person wondered if Legal Helpers Debt Resolution may have some relationship or link with Colonial law Group since, as they observed, the client agreements are nearly identical. What! There ... Read More »

              Another Lawyer Loses License Thanks to Debt Relief Industry

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              I can remember a time when Resolution Law Group and The Resolution Law Group were company names I heard frequently. Well today I heard it again. The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that attorney Ian Berger who was involved with Resolution Law Group, has lost his law license. He can try to get it back in five years. Berger says, ... Read More »

                Brunner Test Needs to Die Say These Heroes in Student Loan Bankruptcy Discharge

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                On July 29, 2015 the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) and National Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) jointly filed a court document arguing a position in support of discharging student loans through the bankruptcy laws. Much thanks to the readers and tipster who slipped me the document. The matter of dealing with overwhelming student loan debt through bankruptcy has been ... Read More »

                  People Willing to Lose a Limb or Listen to Nickelback to Eliminate Their Debt

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                  Prosper, the online debt consolidation loan lender, recently conducted a pool about how people are looking at or dealing with debt. The big fact that jumped out at me was that nearly 3 percent of respondents would be willing to cut off an arm or a leg to have their debt eliminated. Seriously? Here are the results of the Prosper ... Read More »

                    Is United Credit Consultants Trying to Scam Google to Hide Information?

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                    I just learned that someone initiated a DMCA complaint with Google to have a United Credit Consultants article I wrote, hidden from readers by Google. See update at bottom of the article. The notice sent to Google reads: “Hello, Google has been notified, according to the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), that some of your materials allegedly ... Read More »

                      Colonial Law Group Client Agreement Reviewed – My Readers Are Awesome

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                      Just a few hours ago I posted Colonial Law Group and My Enrollment Center Sent a Paralegal to Meet With Me and asked if anyone had any documents, please forward them. Well I now hold in my hand a consumer agreement for Colonial Law Group that appears to answer some questions. The only one that is unclear is what is ... Read More »

                        CFPB Calls Bullshit on NDG Enterprise and Offshore Payday Lenders

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                        The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today announced the filing of a lawsuit in federal district court against the NDG Enterprise, a complex web of commonly controlled companies, for collecting money consumers did not owe. The CFPB alleges that the defendants illegally collected loan amounts and fees that were void or that consumers had no obligations to repay, and falsely ... Read More »

                          Operators of Bogus Credit Repair Scheme Settle FTC Charges

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                          Scammers Will Be Banned From Credit Repair Services Industry, Subject to a $2.4 Million Judgment The operators of a bogus credit repair scheme that allegedly tricked Spanish-speaking consumers into paying thousands of dollars each to supposedly improve their credit will be banned from offering credit repair services and subject to a monetary judgment under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission. ... Read More »

                            Law School Debtor Loses Bankruptcy Decision to Discharge His Debt, But Lessons Learned

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                            The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh District just ruled that a student loan debtor could not discharge his loans in his consumer bankruptcy case. Lately I’ve been writing about bankruptcy cases where consumers have been able to discharge substantial amounts of student loan debt. You can see the articles here. Before I go on I owe a ... Read More »

                              Residential Credit Solutions Caused Consumers to Lose Homes Needlessly

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                              Yesterday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Residential Credit Solutions, Inc. for blocking consumers’ attempts to save their homes from foreclosure. The mortgage servicer failed to honor modifications for loans transferred from other servicers, treated consumers as if they were in default when they weren’t, sent consumers escrow statements falsely claiming they were due a refund, and ... Read More »

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