Better Future Forward Subject to CFPB Student Loan Attention But Gets Praise

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action recently against an income share agreement (ISA) provider for mispresenting its product and failing to comply with federal consumer financial law that governs private student loans. Better Future Forward, Inc., through its affiliated companies, provides students with money to finance their higher education, in the form of … Read more

Education Halts Collections. Garnishment Continue Anyway.

In response to the COVID pandemic, the Department of Education allowed student-loan debtors to skip their monthly loan payments without penalty until September 30, 2021. That pause was recently extended to January 30, 2022. Thanks to the Department’s forbearance, millions of college-loan borrowers are enjoying a respite from making loan payments, knowing that DOE will … Read more

Student Loan Assistance Employees Facing up to Five Years of Jail

The Department of Education has just announced a new policy that subjects third parties to up to “criminal penalties that include a fine of not more than $20,000, imprisonment for not more than five years, or both, beginning one day after the date of publication of this notice.” It does appear that nonprofits get a … Read more

Capital One CEO Fined $.6 Million for Not Following the Law

Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Richard Fairbank, CEO of Capital One Financial Corp., will pay a $637,950 civil penalty to settle charges that his acquisition of Capital One Financial stock violated the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act. Fairbank’s recent multi-million dollar compensation package included over 100,000 Capital One Financial shares in 2018, which increased his … Read more

Your Quick Side Hustle Guide: Everything You Need to Know

By Patrick Young The time when you could expect a stable, secure job for life has long passed. Self-employment is at an all-time high, and the “gig” economy is the new normal. To survive and, indeed, thrive in 2021 and beyond, workers must embrace the entrepreneurial mindset: If you want financial security, essentially, you will … Read more

What is the Average Cost of Divorce?

An uncontested DIY divorce could cost $300. For a messy, high-stakes parting, add zeros (knowing that the sum will be short of Jeff Bezos’ $38 billion). When the nuptial knot frays, average divorce costs add up to several thousand. Specifically, $13,000, on average, when a full-service lawyer handles the split, Nolo found. But all kinds … Read more

I Want to Know if Spring Legal Group Scammed Me

Question: Dear Steve, Spring Legal Group, a debt resolution group. They are supposed to be helping, and about $4000+ has been automatically deducted from my checking account. It went to a “third party” holding financial institution. Today I reviewed the account (8/27/2021), and there is only $97 in that account. The review shows all kinds … Read more

I Received 1099-C Forms on Timeshares But My Credit Report Shows I Still Have a Balance

Question: Dear Steve, I had 2 mortgages from timeshare accounts default a couple of years back. One had the debt discharged in 2018, and the creditor issued a 1099c for the remaining balance. This was included as income in our 2018 return. The second one foreclosed in 2019, and the “credit grantor reclaimed the collateral … Read more

Better Path Financial – Scam, Complaint, Review, Or Praise?

Please share your experience with this debt relief company and provide your review and feedback, in the comments section below. The goal of this page is to allow people to share information that may be important to help others to make a more informed decision regarding their experience with this debt relief company. Here are … Read more