Summary:Are you being sued for an old debt? Not sure what you're going to do about it? Learn how to find legal support services for debt collection.
When dealing with debt collectors you may feel like everything is against you and that you are at a disadvantage. So for anyone who is struggling with debt but does not have money to pay an attorney to represent them, it is important to know that legal support services for debt collection are available. Oftentimes these can be found at low, or no cost.
If you decided to put out more money for an attorney, you might find yourself in a worse situation, due to having less money to pay your bills than you did before. By learning your rights and resources that can help you, you will have a better chance of succeeding of getting yourself out of debt.
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Know your rights under the FDCPA
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is a federal law that governs how third-party debt collectors may treat consumers. Debt collectors may be breaking the law if they participate in the following:
- Tell anyone (friends, family, employer) about your debt other than your spouse
- Refuse to identify themselves as a debt collector
- Threaten to sue you or put you in jail if they legally cannot do this
- Try to trick you into paying your debt
- Threaten you in any way
- Attempt to collect a debt that has already been paid
- Threaten wage garnishment before receiving a judgment against you to do so
- Use abusive language
- Attempt to collect on a debt that is past the statute of limitations
- Call you repeatedly at work after you have told them to stop.
How to report illegal activity from debt collectors
It is essential that you are aware of resources that can help you report bad actors or find help. There are many places where you can report debt collectors that are harassing you. These include:
Legal Services Corporation
To find local programs that can help those who are in debt, visit the website of Legal Services Corporation.
Better Business Bureau
The Better Business Bureau (“BBB”) can help consumers with complaints against businesses. Here you can find information about the debt collector, as well as report bad behavior.
Speak to a consumer law attorney for free
If a debt collector is breaking the law then many times attorneys will help you for free. This is only done if they believe that they will definitely win the case. In the event you win a case against a debt collection agency that has violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, they will be required to pay your lawyer's fees and money damages. When lawyers work on a contingent fee basis, they will take a percentage of whatever you win, but will not charge you if you do not win.
If you are being sued for debt and you have absolutely no idea what direction to go in, then the best option is to get a free consultation. This will allow you to know the first steps and what your chance of success is.
It is also important to answer the debt collector. This is because the creditor or collection agency will be given an automatic judgment against you if you do not answer. This can lead to wage garnishment or taking money directly from your bank account.
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Speak with a bankruptcy attorney
If you owe multiple debts and it is becoming overwhelming, you might consider bankruptcy. In this situation, you may want to speak with a bankruptcy lawyer. They can help you understand the laws of debt collection. Even if you do not pay them, they may be able to offer a free consultation and help you evaluate options should you choose to file.
If you file for bankruptcy, then debt collectors can no longer call you. They also cannot sue you, or take other means to collect debts (such as wage garnishment). You may even be able to eliminate some of your debts, and you will have protection in court should debt collectors not honor this. However, there are many downsides to debt collection and you must take this into account.
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Get assistance from a legal aid office
Legal aid offices are also known as legal clinics. Usually, they are monitored by lawyers and law students to provide low-cost or free legal aid. You must be a qualified low-income person, with consumer law problems. These problems may include dealing with creditors and debt collectors or considering filing bankruptcy. In some situations, they may be able to help you file a lawsuit or they might even represent you in court pro bono.
Finding a legal aid office in your area is easy. Simply type the name of your state + legal aid into a search engine.
Contact government agencies for help
The government protects consumers against unfair debt collectors and debt collection in general. Your state attorney's general office exists for your service, along with consumer protection agencies, such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Federal Trade Commission. They take complaints from consumers.
Although they usually say away from specific disputes, if you have a serious complaint or violation of the FDCPA, this is who you should file with. Typically if they see multiple complaints about one company they may help to sue them on your behalf and stop them.
What is SoloSuit?
SoloSuit makes it easy to respond to a debt collection lawsuit.
How it works: SoloSuit is a step-by-step web-app that asks you all the necessary questions to complete your answer. Upon completion, you can either print the completed forms and mail in the hard copies to the courts or you can pay SoloSuit to file it for you and to have an attorney review the document.
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