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Inside the Dark World of Consumer Debt Collection

October 31, 2014 Brian V. Lee

In August 2014, the New York Times published a fascinating article by Jake Halpern entitled Paper Boys: Inside the Dark, Lucrative World of Consumer Debt Collection. The article follows the intertwining tales of Aaron Siegel and Brandon Wilson, two men who [ . . . ]

The Bankruptcy Threat in Debt Settlement Negotiations

June 21, 2014 Brian V. Lee

When attempting to settle a debt or otherwise negotiate with a creditor, the bankruptcy threat is a potent weapon. The credible threat of bankruptcy from your attorney can induce a creditor to reconsider his position during negotiations. Creditors More Willing to Negotiate If You Are Willing to File [ . . . ]

You Can’t Go to Jail for a Debt

September 22, 2013 Brian V. Lee

A long time ago, when our country was very young, the U.S. had separate prisons for people who could not repay their debts. We called these jails “debtors’ prisons.” Today, we think it preposterous to throw someone in jail for [ . . . ]

Feds Investigating Banks for Debt Collection Abuse

May 30, 2013 Brian V. Lee

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will investigate banks for filing hundreds of thousands of abusive debt collection lawsuits. In many cases, debt buyers use shoddy records or flimsy affidavits in support of these lawsuits. According to the [ . . . ]

Debt Collection Companies and Negotiating Debts

April 30, 2013 Brian V. Lee

Many of my clients get debt collection calls and and debt demand letters, and many of these calls and letters come from just a few debt collection agencies. All of the big banks contract out their default and delinquent accounts [ . . . ]

Be Prepared When the Collection Agent Calls

June 12, 2010 Brian V. Lee

When the collection agent calls, be prepared. Thanks to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you don’t have to take abuse just because you owe a debt. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) strictly prohibits debt collectors from using [ . . . ]

Debt Settlement Companies are Rip-Offs

May 15, 2010 Brian V. Lee

There exists no independent research on the success rates of so-called “debt settlement” companies. Both internal company reports and copious anecdotal evidence suggest that fewer than one in four of those who hire these companies actually complete their programs. Even more [ . . . ]

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