The best way is to look for a reputable organization that is an approved nonprofit organization. You can check with the IRS to ensure that the organization is tax-exempt. Otherwise, any Debt Consolidation Company can try to sell you on a consolidation option that could make your situation even worse.
No harm looking for a company that is BBB registered.
Look for unresolved complaints in the company's name.
Search the internet for the complaints that company has.
You can look up rippoffreport or search for the company name + complaints/ scam/ review/ feedback.
All these things will always help you make a decision.
Ask the companies to provide some referrences of customers who are already enrolled into the program.
Do not forget to ask the Debt Consolidation company about the drawbacks of the programs.
READ THE AGREEMENTS THEY SEND. The entire world knows that Americans dont read agreements. It is high time we stop trusting what is told to us over the phone. Start reading the agreements and make sure that what ever was told on phone, is that true or not.
And never forget to compare multiple options. There is no harm comparing. It is better to spend more time researching initially than regretting later.
You can choose the companies that provide you the consolidation services from some information like consolidation services can help people in debt by either repackaging their debts into one lower-interest loan or by actually reducing the total amount of debt a person owes through negotiating with that person's lenders.
You should search first the reviews of debt consolidation loans company to make sure that they were not scam.
You should look for a debt consolidation company which is registered with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and has a good rating. The best rating is A+. Check the BBB to see if there any complaints registered against the company and if there are, whether these issues have been resolved amicably. You should also view the history of a debt consolidation company. If the company is more than 3 years with good standing, it should be a safe bet. You should check with as many companies as you can and see which one can help you settle your debt the quickest, as that would be to your best advantage.
Aside from checking its legality, services and capacity You could always check its company background, costumers testimonials, records and current progress. You can also crossed check it compare prices and accuracy, with other companies. If still your not satisfied you can always ask for a free demo from them and see it fits in your needs.
A timeshare is a consumer debt. A mortgage is a document that pledges a piece of real estate to the bank in the event the loan is not repaid. When you buy a timeshare, you do not actually have any rights to the physical property, even after you've paid your loan and all associated fees. You have simply prepaid a property owner for the use of the property for a certain length of time. Another way to think of a timeshare is as a prepaid rental that can frequently be exchanged to time in another location, or another time of year.
The international standard is called A4. It measures 8.27 inches by 11.7 inches.
The North American standard is called "Letter." It measures 8.5 inches by 11 inches.
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Also consider finding a consultant that is a member of a trade association that is regulated by the credit service industry. Credit Consultants Association is such an organization.
Yes, you can make payment arrangements with almost anyone to whom you owe money. In fact, they would probably prefer that to the giant pain in the ass garnishing wages can be. Companies, health care professionals and even the IRS are willing to set up a payment arrangement with you. However, to be sure you don't miss a payment and force the creditor to "call" the whole amount (try to force you to pay in full), they may ask for checking account information so they can take it out on the day of the month you tell them is best.
1. All creditors/ collectors will threaten to sue you and garnish your paychecks. I would suggest, first look up you r state laws and a little bit of common sense before getting afraid. For example, no one can garnish your disability allowance, Social security Income, no one can garnish you if you are self employed or un employed.
2. More and more banks try to settle matters out of the court, as they also know that jobs are unstable and property is losing value these days, so things like garnishment or lien on mortgage doesn't help them much.
Don't feel that you have to agree to all they say. Go ahead and negotiate, they will agree to it. I recently had a friend who was in a similar situation. He had a debt of some $20000 with a Credit card. He was being garnished, the bank gave him an offer to settle out of bank. They finally agreed on the following terms. $50 a month for next 5 years. THATZ IT. So, the point here is, if you are being garnished, dont let your chances of negotiations go by.
If you are living paycheck to paycheck, worried about debt collectors, or can't seem to develop a workable budget, you may be considering a consumer credit counseling service. Your creditors may be willing to accept reduced payments if you enter a debt repayment plan with a reputable credit counseling service. Choosing whether or not to use one of these services and choosing which agency to work with can be difficult, so here are some tips on how to approach this decision.
If you want to work with a credit counseling agency, interview several. Here are some good questions to ask:
You might wish to check with your state Attorney General, local consumer protection agency, and the Better Business Bureau to find out if consumers have filed complaints about the provider you are considering. Any reputable credit counseling agency should send you free information about itself and the services it provides without requiring you to provide any details about your situation. If not, consider that a red flag and go elsewhere for help.
Be careful before choosing Consumer Credit Counseling. Research this option using the internet and verify everything. CCC companies have gotten a very bad name in recent years based on changes in their industry. Credit counseling was originally started by the credit card companies themselves as an alternative means for collecting their debt from consumers. These companies typically never reduce the amount owed to their participants, sometimes renegotiating late fees and over-the-limit charges. This is the "savings" that they advertise. According to NationalDebtRelief, "the success rate of debt management plans is about 20% to 26%." They also go on to recommend considering debt consolidation loans and Chapter 7 bankruptcies, citing their "better completion rates."
It is also important to note that when filing for bankruptcy, whether Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, that you are required to provide a certificate showing that you received credit counseling from an agency approved by the U.S. Trustee's office within the 180-day period before you file for bankruptcy.
In a debt replayment plan, you deposit money each month with a credit counseling service. Your deposits are used to pay your creditors according to a payment schedule developed by the counselor. As part of the repayment plan, you may have to agree not to apply for ? or use ? any additional credit while you're participating in the program. A successful repayment plan requires you to make regular, timely payments, and could take 48 months or longer to complete. Ask the credit counseling service for an estimate of the time it will take to complete the plan. Some credit counseling services charge little or nothing for managing the plan; others charge a monthly fee that could add up to a significant charge over time. Some credit counseling services are funded, in part, by contributions from creditors. While a debt repayment plan can eliminate much of the stress that comes from dealing with creditors and overdue bills, it does not mean you can forget about your debts. You still are responsible for paying any creditors whose debts are not included in the plan. You are responsible for reviewing monthly statements from your creditors to make sure your payments have been received. If your repayment plan depends on your creditors agreeing to lower or eliminate interest and finance charges, or waive late fees, you are responsible for making sure these concessions are reflected on your statements. A debt repayment plan does not erase your credit history. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, accurate information about your accounts can stay on your credit report for up to seven years. In addition, your creditors will continue to report information about accounts that are handled through a debt repayment plan. For example, creditors may report that an account is in financial counseling, that payments may have been late or missed altogether, or that there are write-offs or other concessions. A demonstrated pattern of timely payments will help you obtain credit in the future. Note that a debt repayment plan usually only covers unsecured debt. Auto loans and mortgages are considered secured debt, and may not be included. You must continue to make payments to these creditors directly. I have written more than a couple Hardship Letters for my credit card companies that have resulted in lowered interest rates, lowered payments and waived late fees.
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The best approach would be to work with the Creditor's attorney to come up with some kind of agreement.
You can also move to have the stay reimposed or ask the Judge to reconsider lifting the stay.
If the motion for relief from stay has been granted, you no longer have a defense. The time to raise a defense would have been right after the motion was filed by obtaining a hearing date and opposing the motion. The creditor is not required to negotiate with you, but you should at least try again.
Be cautious of credit card consolidation and other debt consolidation plans. These plans are not always the best option for your overall financial health. The consolidators may promise to lower your monthly payments; however, this action will extend the length of time it will take to pay off all your debts and ultimately you may pay more in finance charges.
You may wish to consult a debt counseling service. Note that the use of debt counseling may appear on your credit report. Some creditors consider this activity negatively; some may consider it as a positive step.
2: There are some situations in which a credit card consolidation is not necessary; and others where it can work to your advantage. I would suggest you study this subject a bit further, especially in reference to your own personal financial situation. You can check the link below to get more information.
NO! First thing to do if you want to pay off old debts is dispute the negative items on your credit report. If an update is over 5 years old they have to remove it. The reason I say dispute it is because when the credit bureau contacts the creditor the creditor has 30 days to validate the debt. If the creditor does not validate the debt in 30 days the credit reporting bureau is required to remove it. Once it is removed it is not supposed to be put back on unless notifying you first. Contact a mortgage company about how to fix your credit even if you are not buying a home right now. We just bought a house after working on our credit for 2 years after a fraudulant real estate sale ruined us. I think this question depends on the state you reside in. For example, in Ohio the statute of limitations, meaning how long the creditor or agency can take you to court and obtain a judgement, is 15 years. So, don't always asume that debt collector is bluffing when they say they are going to pursue the debt legally Before you dispute any accounts, look at the last reporting date on your credit report. If the creditor has reported to the bureau within the las 24 months dispute the account. If it has been over 3 years you are taking a risk the first thing that can happen is that it will be removed, the second thing that can happen is that it will alert the creditor that they have not reported in several years and then they will start reporting it again. If this happens it will look like a new occurrence in you credit and will affect your score. The further back an account is in your credit history, the less it affects your scores.
Federal Direct Loans offers this option. Unfortunately, I don't know whether the borrower must pay taxes on the balance remaining after 25 years--if that's the case, I'd better start saving now. At least now I know that I won't die owing several million dollars in accrued interest. IMO it's much better to deal with them than with a private lender. Their in-school deferment options also seem more generous (I'm in a Ph.D. program, and received a 10-year deferment). See ed.gov direct loans. Here is a handy repayment calculator: ed.gov RepayCalc
When you begin repayment, your lender "should" send you a repayment options form where you can choose from 4 types of repayment. If they do not, then write them and tell them which option you want. If you select the income contingent repayment option, and still have a balance on your student loan after you've been paying on it for 25 years, you will be able to end the monthly payments and the amount that is remaining will need to be listed as income on that last year's income tax return.So it is not really "forgiven", you just pay taxes on it instead of any more interest. But, do you really want to pay interest for 25 years on a student loan? I don't think so.
We have a similar problem. We have an open Montgomery Ward credit card account that can't be closed because the company is no longer open. I can give you some info we tracked down that may very well help you. As of June 30, 2003: The company that is managing the MW estate is: John L. Palmer, Certified Turnaround Professional, Managing Director. NachmanHaysBrownstein, Inc., "A Team of Leaders" 822 Montgomery Avenue Narberth, Pennsylvania 19072
610-660-0060 fax 610-664-7298 cell 215-527-8950 email: email@example.com
The credit card business was purchased by GE Card Services prior to the bankruptcy and isn't part of the estate. GE fax number for GE Card Services is 203-357-6712.
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Yes. You can do it on your own but companies can usually get larger settlements. You on your own are doing one...where as if they have 10 different people with a card from abc bank, totaling 100,000 in balances, they offer 40,000...a bank usually will not say no to that much. You on your own...are doing a much smaller balance and therefore really have no negotiating power. I work for a company that does this and depending on your credit can save you a ton. If you are though, I would not recommend it. If your credit is already showing late fees, 90 days behind, etc. Then go for it. Your debt to income ratio will drop drastically.
Before applying debt consolidation or debt management , i would like to look companies trustworthiness.
A collection agency cannot sue without the approval of the original creditor. Actually they can't sue at all. And if they tell you they can, they are violating FDCL. They refer the account back to the original debtor, who decides whether or not to sue and then forwards it to attorneys who specialize in this type of litigation.
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Collection agencies often buy defaulted debts from creditors for pennies on the dollar. They will then pursue collection action in whatever means are allowed under the FDCPA and/or state laws where the debtor resides.
Third party collectors do have the legal right to file suit against a debtor without the necessity of consent from the original creditor.
A vast misconception concerning credit card debt is that said debt is "unsecured" and therefore not collectible. What the term actually means is, there is no specific property attached to the debt as collateral. That being the case, the third party collector or original creditor can and does sue defaulted debtors to recover money owed. Once a judgment is granted the judgment creditor can execute it against any property owned by the debtor that is not exempted under federal or state law. The preferred method of recovery is wage garnishment or bank account levy.
I was interested in doing this; I asked random creditors first what the effect would be on obtaining future credit. They advised that it was better than bankruptcy by far, but that it told creditors that you had trouble managing your finances and you were a poor credit risk.
When i was in debt I came across one company which helped me out to reduce my debt to 60%.
It offered a variety of Christian consolidation programs and information for federal and private student loans also. Loan consolidation is a method for reducing student debt, credit card debt and loan payments. Consolidate your debt and reduce your monthly payments.
Debt consolidation has a minimal effect on your credit. In most cases, you apply for a home refinance or debt consolidation loan and use the proceeds to pay your other debts. Although you will now have a single larger debt on your credit report, several small debts will be eliminated. There are other programs that are also referred to as "Debt Consolidation" programs, such as credit counseling and debt settlement, these will have some sort of adverse effect on your credit.
Companies offering "Debt Consolidation loan" services provide funds at a bit high rate of interest.
So person you is facing bad credit will suffered a lot due to these loans. My advise borrow money from family members and others except applying for these services.
The question not being more specific makes it a little difficult to answer. Nevertheless, if it is referring to attorneys taking bribes to manipulate the outcome of a case, then the answer is most definitely, NO ! However there always exception.
If it pertains to a settlement for debt, then the answer would be yes, although it is not the attorney who receives the settlement amount it is the creditor who is owed the debt.
It depends on what you define as a "pay-off" and how the pay-off is carried out. According to a lifelong friend who has worked for 30 yrs as an insurance claims agent and later executive of a major insurance company, "The lawyers, judges, clinics and doctors involved in accident cases involving a lot of money,routinely make crooked deals behind the scenes between insurance company lawyers, judges and doctors. There are even a few lawyers who have NEVER lost an insurance case he said. He said he was pressured in various ways, with insinuations etc, to do things which he knew were unethical but couldn't be proven clearly,and they were being done by everyone involved on both sides of the question, so it was either go along with the flow or quit a good paying career. He recommended that if you have an injury from an accident, always sue and if you choose a Jewish lawyer, you are almost guaranteed to win a big settlement!" One of the techniques of payoff is when there is a large insurance settlement, the lawyer will, without the permission of his client, assign the settlement monies to an "Annuity Trust" instead of giving the money to his client directly. This is favorable to the other side and also enables the unscrupulous lawyer to collect a hefty commission for putting the money in the Trust.
NO!!! It is a scam do not fall for it.
Ok, so I get this voicemail message from a guy who is speaking in a thick, broken Indian Accent (Obviously disguising his voice). He claims to be Ronnie Cooper from Affidavit Consolidation Services. A complete transcript of his message follows:
- Note- the # symbol is in place of my name "This message is for #### ####. this is Ronnie Cooper from ACS. #### The reason of my call to make you aware of a very serious matter. This is to notify you that a serious issue pressed against your name. Very serious allegation on your social security number. While ####, I can't discuss much about this voicemail, please make sure you return this call on my direct desk number. My direct desk number is 347-342-0492. I repeat 347-342-0492. So ####, get back to me on my direct desk number. My message where I told you but uh ##### should you fail to do so, I will contact your employ place and I will inform them that you are ???? with the finance company, so beware and get back to us on my direct desk number Goodbye and have a blessed day." So I call the number and someone with a fake sounding English accent answers. I ask for Ronnie Cooper and another voice "appears" this time a broken Indian accent and verifies my telephone number. He proceeds to tell me that the following day (which would have been a Saturday) ACS was going to file a lawsuit against me on behalf of their client, an online Payday loan company called Cash Advance USA, for failing to pay on a $350 payday loan that I was supposed to have gotten online back in January. He says that with all the interest charges and late fees, his firm would be seeking over $2000. He reads off a few bits of personal information, my address, date of birth, and phone number and tells me that this is going to go on my credit and will be very difficult to clean up. He offers to settle out of court if I will agree too pay him over the phone.
I tell this person that I never got a payday loan and I would not be paying for a payday loan that I never received. That was when I asked for information about the loan company. He tells me that he is representing Cash Advance USA, an online payday loan company. He gives 516-833-3191 as the number for that company so after telling the guy that I guess we'll have to deal with this in court, he hung up on me.
Then I called Cash Advance USA. The person who answered the phone (no pbx system) once again in a broken, barely recognizable fake Indian accent answers, "Can I help you"? I say, "I'm sorry, is this ACS?" he says "no, this is the finance company", I say "Oh, you mean Cash Advance USA?", "uh yeah, Cash Advance". I give him my first and last name only, and he puts me on hold so he can look up my account. "Uh yes, it seems you have an open account of $350." he says. I tell him that I never opened an account and if any such account has been opened in my name, then my identity has been stolen. He says, "Well, what would you like to do?" I said that I want to follow whatever procedure his company had in place for disputed account resolution and to attempt to find out who did this and make sure that they are punished so they will think twice before they try it with anyone else." He says, "Ok, well you do what you need to do, and we'll do what we need to do" and hung up on me. When I called the "finance company" back, there was no answer. hum..... imagine that!
So, today is the day after. I check my bank account online and low and behold, over $300 worth of check card transactions have been made in Tuscon AZ. I've never been to Tuscon AZ! Now I know that they have my debit card number too, so I called the bank and canceled my card.
After contemplating this situation, I think I know what is going on here. This ring of con-artists operate an online store front that appears to be legitimate and offer great deals on popular items. The unsuspecting victim purchases an item from there web shop and provides the necessary billing information (Name, address, telephone, credit card number, exp date and security code. This information is all they need to spend your money. They can use magnetic strip coders, like the ones hotels use, to imprint the credit card number on any magnetic card. Then they can use your credit/debit card anywhere.
Apparently, they also attempt to use this information to scare their victims into sending them additional money as well. When they call you making threats of lawsuits and credit reports could definitely scare naive or unsaavy victims into sending them money just to prevent the hassle they are threatening. From my inquiries online, I have also discovered that they sometimes attempt to phish for additional information on the phone, like attempting to get someone to "verify" their account by giving their social security.My final word about ACS is this:
no you can not
That answer is incorrect.
Whether you can file a bankruptcy case and under which Chapter you can file needs to be evaluated under the terms of Bankruptcy code.
Whether or not a particular debt is dischargeable needs to be evaluated under the terms of the Bankruptcy code.
Consult an attorney. This is serious business. Do not rely on answers by unidentified people without information about their credentials or the basis of their opinion. That goes for people you meet at cocktail parties or the ball game. Consult an attorney.
The Greenduck Co. was based in Chicago. I was unaware they made varnish, but do know they made Fraternity Medals and such in the early 1900's
THE GREEN DUCK METAL STAMPING CO. WAS LOCATED AT 1520 WEST MONTANA,CHICIGO ILLINOIS.I BELIEVE THAT IT WAS IN BUSINESS FROM 1906 UNTIL THE 1960`S OR EARLY 70`S.THEY MADE ELECTION PINS ALSO SPOONS FOR THE CENTURY OF PROGRESS, PROBABLY OTHER ITEMS ALSO,BUT THEY WERE A METAL STAMPING COMPANY SO I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THEY MADE VARNISH.
The company was also involved in the manufacture of some the early Illinois vehicle tags and license plates.
GREEN DUCK RE-LOCATED FROM CHICAGO TO HERNANDO, MISSISSIPPI IN 1962 AND FINALLY CLOSED IN 2004. THEY MADE ELECTION BUTTONS, THE METAL CRICKETS (USED AT D-DAY FOR SIGNALING AND ALSO USED FOR DOLPHIN TRAINING AT SEA WORLD), & MARDI GRAS DUBLOONS. IN 1983, THEY BEGAN MAKING SLOT TOKENS FOR US CASINOS. IN 1996, GREEN DUCK WAS SOLD TO A BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND COMPANY AND SLOWLY WENT DOWN HILL. I WORKED THERE FROM 1982 UNTIL 1993 AND CAME AWAY WITH AN AMAZING COLLECTION OF ITEMS THEY MADE DURING THE LONG HISTORY.
I found a radiator plate for a 1914 willy-overland co. model 79 car and had The GreenDuck co. stamped on the back so they made these as well.....hope this helps!!
I have a watch fob with Abraham Lincoln on the face and Springfield Il. May 18, 1927 on the reverse. In very small print on front and back it is stamped The Greenduck co. Any idea if this has any collector value?
The answer to this question depends on the policies of the individual lender and the type and status of the bankruptcy. The majority of lenders want 24 months to have passed from the date of discharge of the bankruptcy before they will consider any mortgage loan. A chapter 7 BK is generally judged more harshly than a chapter 13. What some bankrupty filers forget is that their credit performance after the BK will be very important. New credit must be established in moderation with account open dates after the BK, with low use of credit cards and excellent repayment history.
No you cannot. Court judgements, like tax obligations to the government, cannot be discharged in bankruptcy court.
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