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Automatic Stay to Prevent Creditor Lawsuits

If you’ve fallen behind on credit card, mortgage, or other payments on debt, it’s easy and natural to ignore the problem. This is particularly true if you don’t currently have the money to pay off the debt. You might be thinking if you just wait and ignore the collection calls, eventually you will have the funds to pay off the debt. That strategy does buy you time, but at the expense of interest accruing and of stress. And, unfortunately, eventually the creditor usually gets fed up and [...]

Debtors Win Against Creditor Harassment

Though bankruptcy is often thought of as a negative, it is better thought of as an opportunity to stop creditor harassment.  An opportunity provided by the law because of a belief that sometimes debt can reach a point where it is nearly debilitating and that individuals and businesses can benefit from a fresh start. Perhaps the most stress relieving privilege that bankruptcy grants is the automatic stay.  As discussed in earlier blogs, the automatic stay is an automatic court order preventi[...]

Florida Couple Recovers $1 Million for Harassing Phone Calls

FLORIDA COURT AWARDS $1 MILLION TO COUPLE RECEIVING HARASSING PHONE CALLS Anyone that has ever fallen behind on a debt, knows that what usually follows are harassing phone calls, a lot of them, from the creditor or a collection agency on their behalf attempting to obtain payment of the debt.  There’s a fine line between taking reasonable efforts to collect a debt and engaging in harassment.  Consumer protection laws, like the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and others, seek to ensure tha[...]