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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: My car is collateral for a loan I have with one main financial company. Can I voluntarily surrender the car?

Lynn Ellen Coleman has already answered this question for me. Thank you, Lynn. My question now is what are the non bankuptcy options with this?

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Jun 21, 2022

Unfortunately, it is impossible to answer this question in a public forum like this because a detailed analysis of your financial situation - income, expenses, assets, and debts - will be required. You do not want to expose that kind of personal information on a public forum. I can say in very... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Bankruptcy for North Carolina on
Q: My car is collateral for a loan I have with one main financial company. Can I voluntarily surrender the car?
Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Jun 20, 2022

This will have a negative effect on your credit. You can try to voluntarily surrender the car. OneMain is NOT required to take the car in satisfaction of the loan. They can refuse to come pick up the car or take the car. They also don't have to release the lien on the title if they refuse to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina on
Q: Can I remove a debt collection charge if I can provide proof that I am not responsible for the debt?

I found about $35 non-compliance fee per month charge for not providing a current renters insurance policy to my landlord. They charged me $70 for 2 months despite me having insurance. I discovered that they have a copy of my current policy and so far I only received $35, but will potentially... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Jun 15, 2022

You are asking a hypothetical question. Typically a property management company would not submit this kind of thing to a credit bureau until after you move out because they would simply take the fee out of your security deposit.

Assuming that the landlord reports a debt of $35 plus late fee...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Civil Rights for North Carolina on
Q: Can I sue vivint for soliciting? I have a sign on my front door
Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Jun 14, 2022

How were you damaged by the solicitation? Were you only inconvenienced, or did you suffer severe mental or physical pain and anguish? Unless you were severely affected, it isn't worth suing. You can't sue an out of state company in small claims court, you would have to sue in District... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure for North Carolina on
Q: Is there a statute of limitations on a lender to send a default notice after you defaulted on at Loan in North Carolina.
Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on May 29, 2022

There is a statute of limitation, but the more difficult question to answer is generally when does default occur. The statute of limitation in general for a contract "under seal" is ten years, and for a contract not under seal is 3 years. Some loan agreements leave it completely up to the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: What can I do if my home was foreclosed and sold while my HAF application was pending? Can it be sold before the notice?

From Jan 2020 to Feb6 2022 we consistently contacted the mortgage servicer to get help to save our home. We applied over and over for a forbearance, loan modification, deferment, asked for payment plans, you name it we tried it more than once and were denied everytime. We waited months for the... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on May 21, 2022

There are some facts missing from your description. Were foreclosure notices posted on the door and/or received in the mail? Did you attend the hearings and let the Clerk know you had an HAF application pending? Typically, the Clerk will grant an continuance of a foreclosure hearing if he/she knew... Read more »

5 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Tax Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can I file bankruptcy for all my credit cards 2 loans medical bills and back taxes
Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on May 16, 2022

You can always include taxes in a bankruptcy. The question is, will all or part of the tax debt be dischargeable? That depends upon whether or not you filed tax returns for those years and when the taxes were assessed. You should contact an expreienced bankruptcy attorney for a personal... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: I’m trying to refinance my car loan and the person that co-signed for me will not sign the release form
Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Apr 27, 2022

Unfortunately, you cannot compel your co-borrower to cooperate with refinancing the car. I assume their name is also on the title. This means they own half of the car, and are equally liable for the loan payments. You also cannot compel them to sign any paperwork to sell the car if they do not want... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I'm being sued by a debt coll There is one account# on the complaint and An alternate account # was used as evidence.

The file from orig creditor has the account# in the complaint & an alternate account#. There are statements attached for each account. Can I be sued for both accounts if only one is named in the complaint? There is no evidence on how the other account# came about and the credit card agreement... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Apr 26, 2022

You can be sued for anything - the question is, how much do you really owe? An attorney definitely needs to review your paperwork. The difference in account numbers and incorrect credit card agreement may give you legal defenses. It is the creditor's burden to prove that you owe a certain... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: If someone received a mislabeled package that was intended for someone else in a different state, is it larceny?

Sold an item on eBay to a recipient in Ohio, but the item was mislabeled and sent to a previous customer (Facebook marketplace) in North Carolina. The NC person reached out to me over facebook messenger stating they have the package. They initially agreed to send it out to the correct person... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Apr 26, 2022

If the name on the label was theirs, this is most likely not a crime. You mistakenly labeled the package. You could always try and file a police report, Depending upon the value of the item you may choose to sue the party in small claims court. The lawsuit would have to be filed in the county where... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: When being pursued for a debt outside of bankruptcy in NC, is the vehicle exemption doubled when married.

The vehicle is jointly owned with rights of survivorship.

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Apr 12, 2022

The debtor spouse can exempt (protect from creditors) up to $3,500.00 equity in one motor vehicle. For a jointly owned vehicle, you take retail value (not trade in), subtract any outstanding liens, and divide the remainder by two. If there is any "wild card" exemption remaining, up to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: My dad passed away and was paying a mortgage, his brother lived there. Does the house go to us or the brother?

original family home relatives lived there didn’t pay mortgage, house went into foreclosure my dad bought it out of foreclosure and started paying the mortgage and lived there with his brother. My dads brother didn’t pay anything and now says house is his, everything was in my late fathers... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Apr 7, 2022

Did your father leave a will or not? You need to go open an estate for your father if one has not already been opened. If the deed was only in your father's name, the house passes to whomever he left it to in his will, or if there was no will, it passes to his heirs. If there is no will and... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: What is a creditor's next move after they get a judgement against me? I live in NC.

My house is protected by TBE. My wages are protected from garnishment. I bank in a Deleware only Bank. I have 2 jointly owned cars. One with a loan equal to the value. The other has equity but is equal to the amount protected by state law. I have hardly any possessions. Nothing worth anything.

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Apr 3, 2022

The next step is the creditor serving you with a "Notice of Right" to have your exemptions designated. Youw ill have 20 days after the date of service to file your "Motion To Claim Exempt Property" to claim your exemptions. There are no extensions of time allowed for this and if... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I executed a new deed adding wife a year ago in NC. Can an unsecured creditor of my wife attach a lien or sever the TBE?

The debt was incurred while we were married but before adding her name to the house. The debt is a credit card. I plan on settling with them but in the meantime I don't want our house to be in jeopardy.

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Mar 30, 2022

If the house is titled in both husband and wife names as "tenants by the entirety" or "as husband and wife", a judgment for money owed is not a lien on the property so long as the non debtor spouse is alive. Without seeing the deed itself, this is just general legal advice. If... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Virginia on
Q: Do I have grounds to sue a vehicle dealership for failing to deliver a valid title to the DMV?

Hi! I am having an issue with a vehicle dealership in VA not sending the NCDMV a corrected title. The original title sent at purchase omitted the VIN number. NCDMV sent them a letter in March 2021 requesting a corrected one and they still have not. I have called and emailed them with no response. I... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Mar 26, 2022

You need to consult a qualified consumer law attorney in Virginia about this. If the vehicle were purchased in North Carolina it would be subject to NC DMV fraud and licensing bureau for car dealers. I suggest filing a complaint with the Virginia equivalent of North Carolina DMV theft or car dealer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure for North Carolina on
Q: My Husband and I owner financed a house and the new owner is behind 5months in his payments. Can we take the house bac

what do we need to do to forclose?

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Mar 10, 2022

Unfortunately, this question is impossible to answer without reviewing your contract for sale and owner finance. You may be able to do a "non judicial" foreclosure, which means a Special Proceeding is filed with the Clerk of Court. Or, you may have to file a "judicial"... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can I sue a finance company for not reporting my loan paid in full for over 2 years ago which is effecting my credit

My credit score debt to ratio and mortgage loans

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Mar 4, 2022

The first thing you need to do is send a dispute letter to each credit bureau enclosing your proof that the loan is paid in full. Access your credit reports at www.annualcreditreport.com those credit reports will have the address to send your dispute to. Send the letter certified mail so you can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: What do I do of I received notice from district court for a Motion for Summary Judgment?

County is Mecklenburg,NC. Attorney representing Discover Bank for the amount of ~$2400. I have not paid on this for over 2 yrs due to financial hardship but debt is legitimate. Originally when I received communication from court, I filed an answer, but ever since then, I have received periodical... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Mar 3, 2022

Thee is no wage garnishment for a judgment of this type in North Carolina. You have to file an Affidavit stating contested facts in order to keep from losing a Motion For Summary Judgment. It sounds like you can't honestly contest any of the facts. It won't do you any good to appear at... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: I am trying to file an Application and Order for Extension of Time to Answer in Fayetteville nc (Cumberland County) ?

Im honestly confused do i go to the court house to fill out a form i cant find anything online?

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Feb 27, 2022

There is no official NC Courts/Administrative Office of the Courts "form" for this application. Check with the Clerk of Court, some clerks will give you the form over the counter. Otherwise, you will need to get it from Legal Aid or a local attorney. Reaching out to a local attorney is... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Real Estate Law, Probate and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: I executed a new deed adding my wife to the house. 7 months later I'm getting sued by a creditor. Was this fraudelent?

We live in NC. I never knew that tenants by the entirety existed until after we executed the deed. I added her name because I'm significantly older than her and thought it was probably a good idea. We were dating when I bought the house. We have had a joint bank account since before the... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Feb 15, 2022

I agree with Mr. Corcoran. It certainly would not hurt you to have a personal consultation with an attorney about your overall financial situation and obtain advice on defending the collection lawsuit. If you try and handle the lawsuit yourself, you may miss out on some legal defenses because you... Read more »

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