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Will My Credit Report Ever Get Updated From the Hess Kennedy Debt Settlement Mess? – Josh

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“Dear Steve, So 5 years ago we hired Hess Kennedy, as you know, nothing was done. Now there appears to be a settlement, but our credit report is not updated and never has been. What do I do? The website for the receiver is now shut down. Also, am I going to get my settlement from them? Josh”   Dear ... Read More »

    Bad Credit Debt Consolidation – Brutally Honest Advice

    Bad Credit Debt Consolidation Loan Scam

    I could not help but notice the huge numbers of people searching for information for bad credit debt consolidation information. The phrase is almost an invitation for a bad outcome or maybe just an oxymoron. When you have bad credit it is not an invitation for a debt consolidation loan from a debt consolidation firm. People that lend money are ... Read More »

      Debt Settlement Companies Draw Wrong Conclusion About Recent FICO Score Facts


      In a press release by Morgan Drexen (Morgan Drexen Warns Consumers: If You Choose Bankruptcy You Could Face a Devastating 240 Point Decline in Your FICO Score) the debt settlement company draws the conclusion and states “Perhaps the difference between debt settlement and bankruptcy, when it comes to FICO scoring, is simply this: through debt settlement, the consumer is making ... Read More »

        Big News in the Debt Settlement World. Vermont Kicks Debt Settlement USA and Financial Freedom of America Ass.

        In a move that could be a very interesting trend setter, the state of Vermont has forced two debt settlement companies to refund all fees paid by state residents. While Vermont is a small state and not a whole lot of residents worked with these two companies, it is an interesting approach by a state to protect its citizens from ... Read More »

          Debt Settlements May Be Voided And the Money Due Anyway

          A recent posting, “An IRS 1099-C Form Does Not Mean Debt is Discharged” caught my eye. It highlights a great potential risk for people that use debt settlement to eliminate their debt. The surprise is that while they think the debt settlement process has discharged their debt, it absolutely might not. A third circuit bankruptcy case recently decided that Form ... Read More »

            Now You Know the Debt Settlement Industry is in Trouble When Alaska Cracks Down

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            Alaska, otherwise known as the last of the rough and tumble frontiers in America, is often the last bastion of lawlessness. Have you watched the Alaska State Trooper television show? A story by KYUU in Alaska made me chuckle. Apparently Alaska is outraged by the actions of debt settlement companies that are charging up-front fees. Alaska’s attorney general has joined ... Read More »

              We Signed Up With a Debt Settlement Company. They Take Our Money But We Can’t Reach Them. – Karin

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              “Dear Steve, We have signed up with Allego law in Huntington, NY. 12/15/08. With the exception of talking to them when signing up we have not had any correspondence wtih them. We have tried writting the via mail, sometimes our emails are getting kicked back, creditors still call, the sherriff still shows up. Allegro told us as long as we ... Read More »

                85% of Debt Settlement Companies May Be Closing Soon and Taking Your Money With Them

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                There is no doubt that the workshops and hearings by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are going to result in changes that will significantly impact the debt settlement industry. The FTC has been carefully looking into the industry and is disgusted with the actions of many companies. These would be the companies that charge large up-front fees to consumers, collect ... Read More »

                  Florida Attorney General Wants Debt Settlement Companies to Put Up Before You Pay Up

                  Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that he has co-sponsored a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), asking it to amend a federal rule that would require debt relief service companies to provide services before collecting any fees. The letter was also sponsored by the Attorneys General of Illinois, Maryland, and Washington. Debt relief is an umbrella term ... Read More »

                    Credit Solutions of America and American Debt Arbitration, Debt Settlement Companies, Are Sued by State of Florida

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                    Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced his office has filed two lawsuits on behalf of Florida consumers against five debt settlement-related companies. According to the Attorney General’s lawsuits, the businesses promised consumers they could pay off their debts for a fraction of the amount owed, but instead collected large up-front fees and left customers with little or no money ... Read More »

                      A Review of the Everest Debt Solutions Debt Settlement Client Agreement


                      Recently I wrote about a debt settlement company called Everest Debt Solutions here and here. I managed to get my hands on one of their client agreements so I wanted to review it for you to help you understand what it all means to the best of my ability. I think you’ll find some eyeopening sections in my comments below ... Read More »

                        The Curse of the Hess Kennedy Debt Settlement Firm Lives On

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                        In a twisted matter of irony the law firm that was acting as a receiver for the Hess Kennedy debt settlement company that was closed down in Florida, has been closed down. reported that Lewis B. Freeman & Partners went to court in Florida on Friday and put the firm out of business. This seems to have stemmed from ... Read More »

                          New York Attorney General Wins $200,000 Penalty Against Debt Settlement Company

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                          Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that his office has won a lawsuit against a national debt settlement company, barring the company from doing business in New York state unless it posts a $500,000 performance bond to protect consumers. The decision also levies nearly $200,000 in penalties against the company for defrauding thousands of New Yorkers who looked to ... Read More »

                            Fewer Than Ten Percent Get Out of Debt With Credit Counseling or Debt Settlement Companies

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                            I previously wrote an article The Truth About The Failure Rates and Completion Rates of Credit Counseling, Debt Settlement, and Bankruptcy. Some people scoffed at my findings and said they could not possibly be true, but they are. Fewer than 10 percent of consumers completed their agreements with Colorado debt-settlement and credit-counseling companies, by either paying off or settling all ... Read More »

                              Global Client Solutions & Rocky Mountain Bank & Trust, Good People Tangled in Some Bad Debt Settlement Business

                              First, let me say that in my life in the credit counseling and debt management world I have had an opportunity to interact with the folks at Global Client Solutions (GCS) and Rocky Mountain Bank & Trust. I always found them to be professional and competent at what they do, manage client accounts. The Global Client Solutions mission, as stated ... Read More »

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